Joe Anderson has faced an uphill battle trying to stick on an NFL roster ever since he broke into the league as undrafted free agent with the Bears out of Texas Southern in 2012.
The 26-year-old wide receiver was originally invited to rookie minicamp with the Bears in 2012 and impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a contract. After being among the team's final cuts, Anderson was ultimately signed to the practice squad and played sparingly, mostly on special teams, over the course of two seasons in Chicago. He was waived in November 2013 with a groin injury.
Anderson's last NFL opportunity came with the Philadelphia Eagles in February 2014, but he was released less than two months after signing a contract before even getting a chance to participate in training camp.
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Although Anderson may have his faults on the field, no one can ever question his passion and desire as evident by his unorthodox way of trying to get another shot in the NFL.
The Texas native posted a photo on his Instagram account Friday night that shows himself standing outside NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, with a cardboard sign that reads, "Not homeless...but STARVING for success!!! Will Run Routes 4 food" with the hashtags #Whateverittakes, #UnderDog, #IBelieve and #Hungry.
Anderson's Instagram account is filled with inspirational quotes and videos of himself running routes, which makes it clear he's not doing this as a publicity stunt.
It's not surprising to see Anderson show his passion for the game as CSNChicago.com spoke with him in 2013 when he was trying to solidify his roster spot with the Bears.
Considering the Bears' wide receiver corps has been banged up all season, maybe it's time for Anderson to take his act to Halas Hall.
We'd been circling this news all week, and now it's getting closer to reality: late Saturday night, Adam Schefter reported that QB Mitch Trubisky will be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday:
Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.
The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.
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