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Bears sign WR Chris Lacy after tryout

Lacy had been brought in for the Bears’ rookie minicamp this week.

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The Bears have signed wide receiver Chris Lacy, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday.

Lacy spent most of the 2020 season on the Cowboys’ practice squad. All of his playing time at the NFL level has come as a member of the Lions, though, having played in 8 games for them from 2018 to 2019. He went without any production in 2018, but he caught three passes for 60 yards the following year and started in two games.

The 25-year-old Lacy played collegiate football at Oklahoma State, where he caught 63 passes for 920 yards and 5 touchdowns over the course of his four years with the program. He went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots. New England went on to waive him a week after signing him, but the Lions picked him up soon after.

Lacy had been brought in on a tryout basis during the Bears’ rookie minicamp, and it appears his performance was impressive enough to warrant his being signed. A big-bodied receiver at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, he brings ideal length and bulk to project as a boundary weapon. Though his odds of making the roster seem steep, he could push for significant reps in the preseason and have the chance to stake his claim for a roster spot with Chicago.

To make room for Lacy on the roster the Bears waived linebacker Michael Pinckney.