Jordan Williams-Lambert believes he didn’t receive a fair chance to make the Chicago Bears roster.
“To me, I don’t think so, but who am I to gauge what’s fair and what’s not. I put my best foot forward and it is what it is,” Williams-Lambert said.
Williams-Lambert impressed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in his rookie season and earned a contract with the NFL team in the Windy City. He worked out for the Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and New England Patriots in December. That tour led him to Chicago where he was released among the final training camp cuts.
“There’s no bashing. It’s fair, it’s the NFL, it’s the Bears, they do things how they do things. Personally, if I don’t agree with it, it is what it is. I was able to show some of what I can do,” Williams-Lambert said.
“You may feel like it’s political, everybody is there for a reason, everybody went through what they had to go through to be in that position. It’s a respect level.”
The 25-year-old went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ball State University where he recorded 200 receptions for 2,723 yards and 24 touchdowns in 44 NCAA games with the Cardinals. But inked an undrafted free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.
Williams-Lambert caught three passes for 58 yards in the pre-season and earned a spot on the practice roster for the 2016 season. The Saints waived Williams-Lambert during training camp in 2017 when an injury settlement was reached. He agreed the business side of the NFL can be infuriating.
“It’s kind of been like that over the years. It is what it is. Everybody wants to play in the NFL and it’s a great opportunity, but that’s not the only opportunity,” Williams-Lambert said.
“Unfortunately things like that do happen to where it kind of diminishes the opportunity for other people.”
The big-bodied six-foot-three, 228-pound pass catcher runs well for his size (4.64 40-yard dash). Williams-Lambert stood out during training camp in Chicago and the pre-season with five catches for 49 yards in three exhibition games. He believes the overall performance was good enough to make the Bears’ roster.
“Yeah, definitely. That’s one of the things going out there you see how your abilities match up with people out there. I was glad at what I did and the stuff I put on film out there. That door is not closed, we’ll see how it goes,” Williams Lambert said.
The Chicago native said there were other NFL options, but they involved waiting and he wanted to be back on the field playing football. By doing so quickly Williams-Lambert can continue to develop and put more film together for another NFL run in the off-season.
“That opportunity it will be there in the future. I’m going to make the most of this opportunity in hopes that another opportunity will come,” Williams-Lambert said.
“For me, I wanted to play the game. As far as waiting I’m not too enthused to be at home waiting for an opportunity when I could be playing and building my game.”