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Dec 22, 2015. CFL stand-out duo earn Bears tryouts.

Two CFL players recently earned the chance to try-out for the Chicago Bears as the NFL franchise continued their recent trend of looking at potential players worthy of earning a reserve/future contract as the current season edges to an end.

From the 11 players who attended Halas Hall for the training session, made up of defensive linemen and defensive backs, lineman Freddie Bishop and defensive back Dexter McCoil earned their place in the group after stand-out performances in last season's CFL.

The Bears have found a lot of decent players at these late-season try-outs and, while neither CFL-based player earned a contract with Chicago, it's been further evidence that teams in the NFL are monitoring football north of the border.

Currently closing in on the end of a dismal regular season, if you visit you’ll see the Bears are all but out of betting contention in terms of this year and the franchise's focus will already be on the 2016 campaign. It has been another tough year for Chicago fans, but these late-season tryouts have proved fruitful in the past.

by  Jim Larrison

Having gone undrafted in 2013, Michigan-born Bishop spent a brief spell with the Detroit Lions before being snapped up by Calgary Stampeders in the CFL. Following a successful first season in Canada in which the Stampeders won the Grey Cup, the 25-year-old really stepped his performance up a level in 2015. He led the team with 11 sacks, including a run of six straight games in which he recorded a sack. Currently a defensive linesman, Bishop has been tipped as a potential outside linebacker, although it remains to be seen whether that'll be in the CFL or in the NFL. This try-out with the Bears might not have been successful, but his form for Calgary has resulted in a number of other NFL teams sitting up and taking notice.

by  mastermaq

McCoil, another undrafted free agent, has enjoyed similar success to Bishop following his move north into the CFL. The Tulsa-born linebacker was briefly on the books of the Oakland Raiders before being signed by the Edmonton Eskimos in 2014. Following an explosive rookie season, McCoil was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie as well as earning a call-up to the All-Star game. The powerful 24-year-old went on to star for the Eskimos again in 2015, earning All-Star honours for a second straight year as well as scoring a touchdown in Edmonton's Grey Cup triumph to cap off a sensational campaign. While McCoil is now free to discuss a move with NFL teams, the Eskimos have been quick to agree a deal that means the linebacker will return to Edmonton should he fail to find a team in the States.

From the 11 players who attended the Bears' tryouts, only one player was added to Chicago's practice squad. Defensive lineman Toby Johnson joins the franchise having previously spent time with the Tennessee Titans during the offseason and part of the preseason before being released. The youngster was joined by Marcus Lucas who has also been signed by the Bears and added to their practice squad. The 235-pound versatile wide receiver/tight end has been in and around the NFL for the past 12 months having spent time on the practice squads of the Carolina Panthers and the Miami Dolphins as well as the Bears.










































































































































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