The Bears claimed TE Rysen John
off waivers from the New York Giants.
John, 24, spent last season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. He arrived in the NFL by way of Vancouver Canada. John played college football as a wide receiver for Simon Fraser University, located in British Columbia. The SFU football program competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference of NCAA Division II. In his senior college season, John was selected to play in the 2020 Hula Bowl.
This guy is a physical specimen. In fact, he possesses an intriguing combination of size and speed. The 24-year-old stands at 6-foot-7, weighs 237 pounds and ran a 4.60 40-yard dash time at the 2020 NFL Combine.
This is so impressive. While he does not have the experience that other players have playing Div. 1 football in the US, he still has a very high ceiling as a player and he could potentially find his way into the roster or the practice squad, at least.
The Simon Fraser graduate was selected in the third round of the 2020 CFL draft. However, he went undrafted in the NFL draft that same year.
In the same announcement of this signing, the Bears announced they were cutting tight end Jesper Horsted with a failed physical designation to make room for John's arrival.