Javon Wims Aims To Prove Bears' Belief Was Right

"Just make plays," Wims says of his approach in training camp.

Chris Emma
August 09, 2018 - 11:47 am
Bears receiver Javon Wims

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(670 The Score) Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller are the first players mentioned in discussing the Bears' revamped receiving group following an offseason of major investment at the position.

Then there's Javon Wims, the seventh-round rookie out to make his name known as well. For low-profile players like Wims, the preseason is the opportunity to prove himself and secure a role on the depth chart. He's off to a good start.

Wims caught seven passes for 89 yards in the Hall of Fame Game last Thursday. More importantly, he showed the ability to line up wide and in the slot. His next chance to make an impression comes when the Bears face the Bengals in Cincinnati on Thursday evening.

"Just make plays," Wims said. "I’m probably not the fastest guy or the biggest guy or strongest guy, but I just know I can make plays on the ball in this game."

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A 6-foot-4 target, Wims led Georgia with 45 receptions, 720 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He has shown potential at the highest level of college football, but he wasn't a complete enough product to earn a place higher in the draft.

The Bears believe that Wims is capable of being a reliable target in their new offense, selecting him with the hope that he could compete for reps in the receiving rotation. Wims is fighting for a place against the likes of 2015 first-round pick Kevin White and veterans in Marlon Brown and Bennie Fowler.

Given an opportunity with 10 targets in Canton, Wims jumped ahead of the pack but has plenty of room for improvement.

"He did a good job using his size and he also did a good job using his release moves, so that was a positive," coach Matt Nagy said. "And then in regards to some details, he had some sloppy routes, too. The numbers speak for what he did with catching the ball in the catches, the targets and the yards. But, as always, there’s going to be some places he could get better, and that was true for him."

Wims will have to display versatility to land a role with the Bears. Showing he can fit in the slot is certainly beneficial to his case. Wims also expressed a confidence in covering kicks, punts or whatever else the team would ask of him.

While he isn't attracting the attention of a Robinson, Wims is eager to show he's more than a seventh-round pick. 

"I was just blessed with the fact that I was able to get called and I landed here and the organization believed in me," he said. "That’s always a blessing. But I have that chip on my shoulder. It’s a healthy thing. I want to go out here and prove people wrong."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.