A week after Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman expressed disappointment with the team’s return game, the Bears added a kick return specialist on Monday night.
The Bears announced the signing of kick returner Darius Reynaud on Monday night. Over the course of his career, Reynaud has served as kick returner for the Minnesota Vikings, the New York Giants, the Tennessee Titans, and the New York Jets.
In his career, Reynaud has returned a total of 102 punts for 985 yards and 2 touchdowns. In terms of kickoffs, Reynaud has returned a total of 104 kickoffs for a total of 2,347 yards and 1 touchdown.
In 2012 with the Titans, Reynaud led the the NFL in total return yards. During that season with the Titans, Reynaud tallied a total of 1,650 return yards.
With the releasing of Eric Weems over the weekend, Reynaud would seemingly have a strong chance at making the Bears’ roster as a return specialist. The Bears were high on former Canadian Football League standout Chris Williams, but it’s unclear if Williams will be able to play in Friday’s game after the wide receiver suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s first Pre-Season game.
Reynaud, a running back by nature, may signal the end of Michael Ford‘s time with the Bears.