Spurlock next up in returner derby

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    After releasing Eric Weems on Saturday, the Bears will continue their search for a return specialist by sending veteran Micheal Spurlock up to the plate to take his swings at the job.

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    Spurlock next up in returner derby

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    By Larry Mayer
    After releasing Eric Weems on Saturday, the Bears will continue their search for a return specialist by sending veteran Micheal Spurlock up to the plate to take his swings at the job.

    Spurlock signed with the Bears June 3 after appearing in 67 games over seven seasons with the Cardinals, Buccaneers, Chargers, Jaguars, Lions and Cowboys. He has averaged 9.6 yards with two touchdowns on 81 punt returns and 24.2 yards and three TDs on 107 kickoff returns.

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    “He’s had some production in the league,” special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said Monday after practice, “so he’s really the first one at bat right now.”

    The Bears added another competitor to the mix later Monday when they signed Darius Reynaud, who has appeared in 48 NFL games over five seasons with the Vikings (2008-09), Giants (2010), Titans (2012-13) and Jets (2013).

    The Bears also want to take a look at former CFL standout Chris Williams. The 5-8, 175-pound receiver returned to practice Monday for the first time since injuring his hamstring on a 73-yard touchdown reception Aug. 8 in the preseason opener against the Eagles.

    The Bears signed Williams prior to last year's season finale off the Saints’ practice squad. Before joining New Orleans last October, he spent three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, setting a CFL record with six return touchdowns in 2012.

    “We’re trying to see where Chris Williams is at,” DeCamillis said. “The speed obviously shows up. We saw it on [his 73-yard TD]. We just have to see him in some live-bullet situations to see how he’s going to catch punts in the National Football League. Hopefully we get a chance to do that.”

    Veteran receiver Santonio Holmes, who signed with the Bears on Saturday, also could be a possibility. He fielded punts Monday during his first practice with the team.

    “We’ll see where that goes,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We’re just trying to find as much value in him as we can as we move along and he’s certainly come with a willingness to help in any way he can.”

    Holmes hasn’t served as a primary return specialist since early in his career with the Steelers. But he’s willing to audition for that role with the Bears, especially now that he has fully recovered from a foot injury he suffered while playing for the Jets.

    “If it will help the team, I’m all for it,” Holmes said. “It’ll give me an opportunity to get on the field and showcase what my foot has to offer to the team, which is being healthy right now.”

    As a Steelers rookie in 2006, Holmes averaged 10.2 yards with one touchdown on 26 punt returns and 24.2 yards on 18 kickoff returns.

    “I know he’s had some production,” DeCamillis said. “We’re working through that one as we go. We have to really try to see what he can bring to the table. I know he’s very receptive to it. He’s a competitive guy and anything he can do to help us win I’m sure he’s going to do.”

    Other return-specialist candidates include Michael Ford, who has averaged 24.5 yards on two kickoff returns this preseason; Armanti Edwards and Senorise Perry.

    Weems entered training camp as the favorite to win the job, but he was released after failing to take advantage of multiple opportunities. In the first two preseason contests, he averaged 23.2 yards on six kickoff returns and lost a fumble last Thursday night against the Jaguars.

    “First of all I have a world of respect for him,” DeCamillis said. “He’s a great individual. He’s exactly what football’s about, just the way he conducts himself and the way he does things. But at the end of the day we’ve got to make the best 53 for the Chicago Bears.”​
     
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    Unless they feel Spurlock has a shot at making the team as a 5th WR over CWill or they plan on keeping 6 WRs I don't see the sense of it. The guy has muffed two punts already so do they think he'll do better on KOR. Ah, well the competition continues.

    If CWill is healthy then for the love of God let him return some punts along with the new guy, Reynaud. It's time to stop fucking around with guys who have shown they haven't got it. They knew Weems stood no chance and if not they why not since most fans and the media knew it.
     
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    Pardon me while I tee off on a little rant here, but this DeCamillis is coming off sounding like he's utterly clueless. Does he seriously think it's magically far more difficult to catch a punt in the NFL compared to the CFL? It's catching a friggin' ball! A 50 yd punt is a 50 yd punt regardless of which league it's in.

    This DeCamillis guy should see what fielding punts is like in Regina with a gale blowing through the stadium, no fair catch, no downing the ball and no touchbacks. In one direction, you're lining up 70 yds. deep hoping it doesn't sail over your head. Facing the other way, the punt will be so short, you're catching the ball while completely surrounded by the punt team, with the kicker (who is onside) tearing down the field trying to recover his own punt. Take too long picking up a bouncer and the kicker is on it. Pick up a bouncer in a hurry and bobble the ball, it's a turnover. You also have to worry about the better punters using the wide field to drive a low. bouncing knuckleball under the wind and well past you, leaving you no choice but to run back as fast as you can and field it on the hop before the thing rolls any farther. And then there's the single point you have to worry about if the wind aided punt sails over your head and finishes up in the end zone. Making the wrong decision about conceding a single point can cost a team the game.

    An NFL fair catch is a piece of cake in comparison.
     
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    The fact that he's still penciled in at the top of the list after showing absolutely nothing for us makes me doubt JoeD even more - didn't think that was possible.
     
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    I don't know whether this a Trestman team rule that deal with seniority or it's Joe D's idea but it's a stupid waste of time. Just like Weems they know what they have in Spurlock. He's been around for a bit and he's had a shot at PR and muffed two punts. Not exactluy a guy whose gonna win the Allstate "Good Hands" award.

    DeCamillis is beginning to remind a lot of Dave Wannstadt. He's becoming a whiner. He keeps saying he's looking for Sunday players but out 60 odd guys he hasn't found 8 core players yet and he's playing a rookie starter on kick coverage??? Once again this seems to be a coaching problem to me. With the exception of Hester unquestionably the talent he has to draw from is greater than Dave Toub ever had and yet for one entire season and half a preseason he's failed to field good coverage and return teams.

    He and Tucker are both guys on my short leash list who need to show massive improvements from their units or risk being replaced. It makes no sense to sign top talent and then turn them over to mediocre coordinators and that's all those two have been so far.
     
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    DeCamillis isn't instilling confidence in me with his comments or actions. We picked up Cwill a while ago and we don't really know what he looks like. Now he pushes Spurlock forward and we are picking up more PR free agents. What is his plan? It's not like our ST have been stars out there.
     
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    I am not trying to be funny when I say that most clueless people do not know they are clueless .... which, IMO makes the situation all the worse.

    He is starting to come off like Tice without the pixie dust.
     
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    If someone has his email address, we should send DeCamillis this one.

    A Day in the Life of a CFL PR Guy


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CjYWtf_jqE
    That is the Phin's Thigpen trying to catch up with that punt

    This is Regina, BTW. Early in the game when half the fans haven't even gotten to their seats. Imagine the kicking game with that wind.
     
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