With the NFL Draft in the Chicago Bears' rearview mirror, Ryan Poles has turned his head back to free agency. Poles added depth in the tight end room by claiming former Giant Rysen John off of waivers.
Before fans could sound off about how many TEs the Bears were holding, they waived Jesper Horsted due to a failed physical designation. The Bears also waived Ryan Willis to make room for Nathan Peterman who signed earlier today.
Horsted's Bears Journey
Horsted's career with the Bears looked promising coming into this year, but has now come to a screeching halt. Horsted signed with the Bears undrafted out of Princeton. He had limited playing time in 2019 and no playing time in 2020. But in 2021, Matt Nagy's "lame duck" season, Horsted had two catches for 21 yards. Both receptions were for touchdowns, including in the Minnesota Vikings game when the clock expired on Monday Night Football. With Jimmy Graham now gone, Horsted was poised to make a leap and be in a pivotal spot with Cole Kmet in the red zone this year.
Rysen John's Career
Rysen John comes to the Bears with a different story than most. John hails from north of the border in Canada. He attended Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. When going pro, he had a choice to make. He was drafted in the third round of the 2020 CFL Draft. John decided he would rather pursue a challenging pro career in the NFL by being an undrafted signee for the New York Giants instead. He has spent the last two years as a part of the Giants organization, but is yet to make his NFL debut. After being waived due to a hamstring injury in September 2020, John was able to be placed on the Giants practice squad the following month. In August 2021, John was placed on injured reserve and has been there ever since. The Giants waived John officially on Tuesday.
Rysen John is a great gamble for the Bears as a depth piece. He measures 6-foot-7 and weighs 237 pounds. The skillset he has that most tight ends don't is speed. At the 2020 NFL Combine, he ran a 4.60 40-yard dash. Hopefully, he can stay healthy and the Bears coaching staff can mold him into an everyday tight end to pair with Cole Kmet.