Bears Draft Focus: Return Game

With the lack of quality options to boost the return game in free agency, it appears the Bears will turn to the draft to address the issue. The Bears thought enough of this prospect to conduct a formal interview with Coach Lovie Smith during the NFL Combine. Find out how he could fit in with the Bears as well as a scouting report.

Fresno State WR Adam Jennings isn't a big name, but he led the WAC in kick return average (29.0 yards per attempt) and ranked 7th nationally. He also finished second in the WAC in punt return average with 12.4 yards per attempt.

The only head coach Jennings met with in Indianapolis was Smith. The five-foot-9, 181-pounder was a part-time starter the past three seasons. He caught 22 balls for 278 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.

Jennings ran the 40 in 4.45 seconds and could immediately impact the return game as a rookie. He would fill two roles that the Bears struggled to get consistent production from last year.

The Bears averaged 9.1 yards per punt return, which ranked 10th in the NFL. However, before being released Bobby Wade turned catching the ball into an adventure. Bernard Berrian is currently the favorite to handle the job in 2006, but he's had problems staying healthy.

At 19.9 yards per kick return, Chicago ranked toward the bottom of the league. Rashied Davis is the favorite to replace Jerry Azumah, but the Bears would like to create competition at the position.

Considering Jennings would be little more than a special teams player, the team could still find him on the draft board sometime on the second day of the draft.

TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Positives:
Adequate pass catcher whose main duties at the next level will be as a return specialist. Has soft hands, nicely adjusts to the throw and extends to grab the reception away from his frame. Impacts the game as a return specialist.

Negatives: Undersized and has difficulty in battles. Does not display game-breaking speed on the field.

Analysis: An efficient receiver who's been moderately successful on the college level, Jennings' single shot in the NFL would be as a special-teams ace.


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