Three Bears work out, including an ex-Vikings DT and former coach’s nephew.
The Chicago Bears brought in three defenders for workouts a week after their bye, according to the NFL’s waiver wire.
The team worked out defensive ends John Daka and Carlo Kent, as well as defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa, implying that another defensive player could be added to the practice squad.
Chicago’s practice squad, which is currently full, has two defensive linemen.
Nsimba Webster (WRPR), Dazz Newsome (WR), Isaiah Coulter (WR), Rodney Adams (WR), Artavis Pierce (RB), and Tyrone Wheatley Jr. are among the 16 players on the Bears’ PS.
(OL), Arlington Hambright (OL), Dieter Eiselen (OL), Charles Snowden (OLB), Cassius Marsh (OLB), Sam Kamara (OLB), Ledarius Mack (LB), Rashad Smith (ILB), LaCale London (DL), Margus Hunt (DL), Thomas Graham Jr. (OLB), Ledarius Mack (LB), Rashad Smith (ILB), LaCale London (DL), Margus Hunt (DL), Thomas Graham Jr.
Daka, Kent, and Mata’afa all have interesting backstories, one of which is that one of them is the nephew of former Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
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Background and Statistics for John Daka
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end from James Madison (he has also been listed at 227 pounds) had 137 total tackles (47.5 for loss), 27.5 sacks, four PDs, six forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 51 college games from 2016 to 2019.
Daka signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020, but was cut from the team’s final roster.
This year, he had brief stints with the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams, but neither team was a good fit for him.
One interesting note: Daka is listed as 227 pounds, which isn’t the typical frame for a defensive lineman, but the Rams used him in a variety of ways, including as an edge rusher and outside linebacker, which could be what Chicago is planning.
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Carlo Kemp: Facts and Figures
Kemp, a defensive end, was a team captain at Michigan during his junior and senior years.
Kemp had 83 total tackles (10.5 for loss), 5.0 sacks, and a fumble recovery in two years as a starter at Michigan, standing 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds.
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