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Bears host two mid-round running back prospects for pre-draft visits

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Bears host two mid-round running back prospects for pre-draft visits

Even with the free-agency frenzy running wild, the Bears still have one eye on the NFL draft.

Their scouts have been out at college pro days this week, and Ryan Pace even brought a few prospects to Halas Hall.

Two mid-round running back prospects made the trip on Wednesday, with Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary and Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams stopping by.

Singletary had a disappointing performance at the NFL combine, running slow for a player who measured in at only 5-foot-7 and a half.

He was a smart, productive runner for the Owls who wasn’t used much as a receiver, leaving question marks about how much of a play-maker he can be at the next level.

Williams didn’t jump out the gym in Indianapolis either, but he has some more wiggle to his game and is a more well-rounded back.

He’s a more raw runner from a technique standpoint, but he’s proven himself as a receiver and a blocker, giving him an instant role on third downs in the NFL.

Both prospects are intriguing potential Day 3 picks, and it’s clear the Bears are still looking closely at the running back position, even after signing Mike Davis.

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Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

Bears sign LB Devante Bond to replace Roquan Smith on active roster

The loss of Roquan Smith to injured reserve on Monday (torn pec) created an obvious need for the Bears at linebacker on the depth chart.

Fellow starter Danny Trevathan will likely miss Sunday's game against the Packers as he continues to rehab his elbow injury, which leaves little depth behind Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis, the reserves-turned-starters in Week 15.

As a result, Chicago signed former Buccaneers linebacker Devante Bond on Monday.

Bond, 26, was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft after a strong career at Oklahoma and has six starts on his resume over the last three years. He was released by the Buccaneers on October 19 after being suspended by the NFL for four weeks for violating the league's PED policy. 

Bond will slide into a reserve role for the Bears.

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Allen Robinson's 'Within Reach Foundation' hosts holiday shopping spree for Chicago Youth Centers

Bears wide receiver has had his best stretch of the season recently, collecting at least 5 receptions and a touchdown in each of his last three games. But Robinson is taking the cake as perhaps the Bears MVP off the field too, as his "Within Reach Foundation" just accomplished an awesome goal in providing quite a great experience for a group of underprivileged youths. 

Robinson's Within Reach Foundation hosted 25 kids from the Chicago Youth Center and gave the kids an excellent experience that started with an early Christmas shopping spree for each kid. Also as a part of the event, each child received football with Robinson's autograph on it and a $150 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. 

"A lot of kids don't have things under the Christmas tree... being able to do this for kids is fun," stated Robinson. 

The ultimate goal of Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to positively impact at least 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through their various outreach programs. 

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