After the Bears claimed cornerback K’Waun Williams off waivers on Tuesday the team let go of undrafted rookie cornerback Kevin Peterson.
However, Williams failed his physical on Wednesday afternoon and the Bears re-signed Peterson to fill the final spot on the 75-man roster. He told me that he’s in Cleveland with the team preparing for Thursday’s preseason finale.
Peterson, a 5’11’, 185-pounder has one tackle this preseason running with the backups. The Oklahoma State product will earn plenty of reps against the Browns. In a thin cornerback room, the Bears need someone to emerge and Peterson is a guy who has experience on the big state.
He totaled five interceptions and 23 pass deflections in four collegiate seasons, 36 starts.
Named first-team All-Big 12, Peterson allowed the least amount of yards after the catch (45) out of the entire group of Big-12 corners who entered the draft, per Pro Football Focus.
When I talked with Peterson in May in an exclusive interview (read here), he told me that his arrow was pointing up.
“Every time I’ve gone to another level I’ve excelled,” he said. “I’ve competed at a higher level than I even had for myself. I never set a certain goal, I just want to reach a certain goal at this time. I feel like it is limitless. You can do whatever you want to do. I take that mentality into my workouts and into all of my preparation.”
With the Bears’ top three cornerbacks Tracy Porter, Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan all injured that leaves Jacoby Glenn, Demontre Hurst, Deiondre’ Hall, De’Vante Bausby, Taveze Calhoun, Sherrick McManis and Peterson as the only healthy corners right now.
Don’t rule out Peterson’s chances just yet. The Bears are young and unproven at the position and his aggressiveness could land him a spot on the roster or practice squad with a solid performance on Thursday night.
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