Eric Weems WR CHI Dec 01 '12
Bears WR Eric Weems has replaced Devin Hester as the team's primary kick returner.
Hester is out for Week 13 with a concussion, but Weems would have handled return duties either way. Hester is averaging 25.5 yards per return this season but only has a long return of 38 yards. Weems was sent to the Pro Bowl in 2010 as a return man with the Falcons.
Eric Weems WR CHI Mar 14 '12
Bears agreed to terms with WR/KR Eric Weems, formerly of the Falcons, on a three-year contract.
At first glance, it's an odd fit with Devin Hester locked in on punt returns. Weems has been an All-Pro special teamer in the past, but he has just 24 receptions in 54 career games. The move suggests the Bears can't count on Johnny Knox for kickoff returns in 2012. Either that, or new GM Phil Emery will listen to offers for Hester.
Eric Weems WR CHI Jan 28 '12
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution expects the Falcons to elevate WR/KR Eric Weems to No. 3 receiver if free agent Harry Douglas is not re-signed.
It would be quite a leap for the former undrafted free agent, who has made just 24 catches in 54 career games since coming into the league in 2008. It's ultimately doubtful the 2010 All Pro special teamer is given a significant role on offense.
Eric Weems WR CHI Aug 05 '11
Coach Mike Smith revealed that WR/KR Eric Weems had a knee surgery this offseason.
Smith described the surgery as a "a little procedure," suggesting that it may have been arthroscopic in nature. The Falcons re-signed Weems to a one-year contract last week. He'll be fine to return kicks in Week 1.
Eric Weems WR CHI Jul 30 '11
Falcons re-signed WR/KR Eric Weems.
A Pro Bowl returner last season, Weems has never made an impact on offense. There's a slight chance he'll get a few more looks in 2011 after the Falcons parted ways with Michael Jenkins on Friday, but Julio Jones' presence should likely ensure Weems' contributions remain limited to special teams.
Eric Weems WR CHI Jul 10 '11
The player rep for free agent Eric Weems expects the kick returner to re-sign with the Falcons.
"They want him," said the agent. "I don't suspect there will be any arm wrestling to get a deal done." The four-year veteran is seeking a larger offensive role, though that hardly seems likely following the addition of Julio Jones. Weems was one of the NFL's elite returners in 2010.