The Bears have several new players this year. As we get closer to training camp, Grizzly Detail will help you get to know the Bears. Today, we look at a new Bear who has the tough task of replacing a legend: D.J. Williams.
Who is he? D.J. Williams
Where did he go to school? Miami, which is also the alma mater of Devin Hester. He was a member of the Hurricanes' 2001-2002 national championship team.
Where did he play before Chicago? With the Denver Broncos, though he didn't play much last season because of suspensions' due to a failed drug test. The Broncos suspended him six games, and the NFL added three more. He played both outside and middle linebacker for Denver.
What will he bring to the Bears? The reason why Williams is a surprising signing is that it's hard to say what he will bring based on his recent performance. He had 17 tackles in six games last season. Previously, he was a reliable linebacker that could get to the quarterback and force fumbles. Those traits will help him fit in well on the Bears' defense, which emphasizes forcing turnovers.
What are his downsides? He has had many off-the-field issues. Williams has had two DUIs, plus the drug suspension. This is not particularly confidence-inspiring. He's signed for a one-year contract, so if his demons show up again, it won't be tough for the Bears to can him.
Who is he replacing? A player you may remember by the name of Brian Urlacher. Williams is in a tough position because he is replacing a Bears' legend. What number will he wear? 58, which was worn by Wilber Marshall and Jerry Muckensturm, one of the best-named Bears of all time.
Anything else to know about him? He's not afraid to wear a baby carrier.