Kapron Lewis-Moore played his college ball at Note Dame, and he was a sixth round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2013 NFL Draft. His NFL career was slow starting due to injury he suffered in college, when he tore his ACL in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. The Ravens kept him on injured reserve as a rookie, but had high hopes for him once recovered.
In 2014, the Ravens planned on him having a big role on their defensive line because of his ability to push the pocket and play the run. But, the injury bug nabbed him again when he tore his Achilles in training camp. It was a second straight year to the IR list and another lengthy rehab for Kapron-Moore.
He made it all the way back from injury in 2015, making Baltimore’s roster, and appearing in five games as a reserve. In 2016, he was a September cut, but the Ravens brought him back to their practice squad, where he spent the entire season.
The Chicago Bears signed him to a reserve/futures deal earlier this year.
Age: 27 years old
Experience: 4 years
Weight: 315 pounds
Contract and salary cap:
Spotrac has him down on a 1 year, $540,000 contract. Because of his limited time on an NFL roster, he’ll be an exclusive rights free agent in 2018 if he sticks around with the Bears this season.
Reason for improvement in 2017:
It’s all about his health. Even though an athlete can come back and play one year after tearing up his knee or his Achilles tendon, he’s often not all the way back. If Lewis-Moore is all the way back to the player he was before his injuries, he might have the first step quickness to stand out in training camp for the Bears. He has the size and strength to be a 2 gap player for the Bears, but
Reason for regression in 2017:
Some players can never make it back from an injury, let alone multiple injuries. Besides the ACL and Achiles injury, he also tore his MCL as a junior at Notre Dame.
Final roster odds:
While he has the size to play of Chicago’s defensive line, he just may not be ready to stick on an NFL roster. There are ten defensive lineman on the current roster, plus DL is a position the Bears could bolster with the cut downs to 53 around the league. I don’t see him sticking, nor do I see him making it back to the practice squad.