On Sunday, the Bears made to waiver claims that filled position holes, snagging cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc and center Eric Kush from the Rams.
By: Peter Elliott – NFL, MLB, and NCAA writer – @PelliottSports
Eric Kush rose to prominence while starring on this year’s season of HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ while with Los Angeles. The 26-year-old tank top fanatic was drafted in 2013 by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he started his first and only game. As the backup center for the Rams last season, Kush played in seven games.
While at Florida Atlantic University, the 5’11,” 190-pound LeBlanc was a constant defensive presence in his four-year college career. In 43 games, LeBlanc intercepted six passes, deflected 23 passes, and made 180 total tackles, 133 of them solo. After going undrafted in the 2016 Draft, he was signed by the New England Patriots on May 6 and had a successful training camp. LeBlanc also proved to be a force on special teams, returning 30 kicks for 671 yards and eight punts for 38 yards.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace said of LeBlanc, “He’s a bit undersized, but he’s extremely sudden, he’s very sticky in mirroring routes, and he’s got excellent ball skills,” Pace remarked. “He just has a knack for going to get the ball, and that’s been an emphasis on our defense right now, something we want to improve on, and he definitely has that.”
Chicago starts the season against Houston on Sunday.