After losing rookie practice squad running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, the Chicago Bears have filled that spot with running back Jeremy McNichols. The NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo was the first to report Chicago’s latest practice squad addition.
McNichols (5’9”, 205) was a 5th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL Draft after racking up over 2,100 yards from scrimmage for Boise State in 2016. He also spent some time with the San Francisco 49ers, the Indianapolis Colts, the Denver Broncos and most recently he was in camp with the Tennessee Titans where Bears‘ fans may remember him from the fourth preseason game when he ran 4 times for 9 yards and had a catch for no yards. His overall 2019 preseason stats were solid with 27 carries for 109 yards (4.0 ypc) and 4 receptions for 24 yards and a TD.
At the NFL Combine in 2017, he ran the forty in 4.49, but had a stellar 3-cone time of 6.93 seconds.
The Bears have officially announced the McNichols transaction, as well as the addition of linebacker Dewayne Hendrix to their practice squad. Hendrix (6’4”, 270) played defensive end for Pittsburgh and was a UDFA of the Dolphins in 2019.
The Bears also announced that they waived outside linebacker James Vaughters from their 53-man roster.