Undrafted Senorise Perry needs a big finish
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter August 27, 2014 10:49PM
Updated: September 29, 2014 12:07PM
The odds say Senorise Perry shouldn’t have made it this far.
Unlike fellow rookie running back Ka’Deem Carey, Perry wasn’t drafted. Unlike another, Jordan Lynch, he wasn’t signed to a free-agent deal hours after the draft.
Perry joined the Bears after a tryout during the team’s rookie minicamp in May.
With newfound special-teams versatility, Perry survived the first round of cuts this week.
To last through the next — the Bears will trim from 75 to 53 players by Saturday — Perry will have to sparkle Thursday night in Cleveland.
“I mean, with my coming in as an undrafted tryout guy, I don’t try to go out there thinking as much,” Perry said. “I just try to play my role.”
With Carey a virtual lock to make the team, Perry will get carries alongside Lynch and veteran Shaun Draughn.
“I’m happy with what I’ve done,” Draughn said.
“If the coaches feel like I can help the team at the end of the cuts, then hopefully I’ll be here.”
It once appeared the Bears couldn’t keep Draughn and Perry and valued the former’s experience given Carey’s rookie status.
Perry’s special-teams prowess, though — he returned kicks for the first time Friday against the Seahawks — could change the math.
“I’m anxious,” Perry said. “I’m glad to be out there. I’m happy to be a part of this organization right now.
“I’m just ready to see what’s going to happen with the starters sitting out.”
The Louisville alum also will return kickoffs and cover kicks.
“He’s gotten better every game,” special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said.
“And I’m not just talking about as a returner; I’m talking about as a cover guy. . . .
“He made a couple of plays [Friday] night where he was around the ball and forcing the ball, which is good.”
His next — maybe last — opportunity comes against the Browns.
“I hate to say how big, but it’s certainly going to be an opportunity for him,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s had a couple of good games in the reps that he’s had, both in the kicking game and running the football.
“He’s going to get that chance again: to run the football Thursday night, as we see it right now.”
Contributing: Mark Potash