Javon Wims named as Chicago Bears’ ‘sleeper’ for 2019
There’s been a lot of talk about the Chicago Bears this offseason, and receiver Javon Wims has understandably flown a bit under the radar. Wims was drafted in the seventh round last year, and he played sparingly as a rookie. But that doesn’t mean that some people aren’t expecting big things for the Georgia product.
Maurice Moton recently made a list of biggest sleepers for all 32 NFL teams, and he picked Wims for the Bears. Although Wims only got on the field in four games during the preseason, Moton points out that he shined during the preseason.
“Javon Wims led all pass-catchers in the league in receiving yards (227) through the 2018 preseason, but he saw limited action during the regular season, hauling in four catches for 32 yards in four appearances. The 2018 seventh-rounder out of Georgia may push for a bigger role in the upcoming term,” Moton writes.
He also notes that Bears coach Matt Nagy had some praise for him recently, courtesy of Adam Jahns of The Athletic.
“This game is about opportunities, and he’s got a great opportunity in front of him,” Nagy said. “Javon is a guy who knows all of our positions. He’s smart. He’s got great hands, and you saw last year at the end of that Minnesota Vikings game, he made some big catches.”
Moton finishes by writing that “at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Wims has the length and size to pose a matchup threat to any defensive back downfield. According to Jahns, he took reps with the starting offense during the spring—his developing connection with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky may help him secure a solid role in the fall.”
Wims has a lot of theoretical potential due to his physical attributes, but he hasn’t proven much yet. Wims was never even that productive at Georgia, and he only had one good season with the Bulldogs. It’ll be interesting to see if the Bears are able to capitalize on his upside.