By Kevin Schrock
After an impressive preseason showing where former University of Findlay graduate Harold Jones-Quartey averaged 3.5 tackles a game, grabbed an interception, and recovered a fumble for the Arizona Cardinals, the team that gave him a shot still waived him. However, it didn’t take him long to realize his pro career wouldn’t be over. He soon got word from a few teams including the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants that they were interested in claiming him off waivers.
The Bears had the highest waiver slot of the teams that wanted Jones-Quartey and they soon claimed him and by Saturday, Sept. 5, he was headed to Chicago.
Jones-Quartey spent Monday’s practice simply trying to learn the plays — after all, the season begins on Sunday.
For Jones-Quartey the situation that the Bears offer him seems to be about as good as it could get. Of the five safeties on the roster, one is a three time pro bowler, Antrel Rolle. Rolle is a great player for him to learn from, but the other three safeties have a combined six NFL starts between them, so the position could be wide open.
Sunday Jones-Quartey will get his first shot at a regular season NFL game when his Bears take on the Packers at 1 p.m. on FOX.