Not long after, the Notre Dame product found his way onto another NFL roster, latching on with ex-Chiefs execute Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears.
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Poles Swipes Finke
ESPN NFL insider Field Yates reported: “The Bears have claimed WR Chris Finke off of waivers from the Chiefs.”
The 5-foot-9 pass-catcher’s best collegiate season was in 2018, with 571 yards off 49 receptions. As a fifth-year senior in 2019, Finke totaled 456 yards and four touchdowns for an encore performance.
He has not appeared in an NFL game during the two years he’s spent competing for a role since Notre Dame, and he was certainly a long shot to make the Chiefs roster in 2022.
The obvious connection here is Poles. The undrafted wide receiver nicknamed “The Slippery Fox” first signed with the Chiefs ahead of the 2021 campaign. He did not make the roster at the time but later returned on a future/reserve contract in January.
Both of these transactions occurred while Poles still had a voice in the Chiefs’ front office. Now that he’s in Chicago, Finke will follow and join a Bears receiving core that has much less depth.
Perhaps Finke can develop some chemistry with quarterback Justin Fields this summer — the Bears are hoping for a few more reliable offensive weapons to emerge as Darnell Mooney did in year two. Honestly, it’s the perfect landing spot for the slot target to receive a real chance in training camp.
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Speedster Invited to Chiefs’ Rookie Minicamp
Just after Finke exited the scene, a new wide receiver prospect was given an opportunity with KC. Missouri athletics reporter Max Baker tweeted: “Boo Smith received a tryout invitation with the Kansas City Chiefs, he tells me. The speedy wide receiver was a big play threat for Mizzou last season and began his career as a walk-on.”
The Mizzou product also tweeted: “IMM HOMMMEE… Now let’s work. Thank you Chiefs.”
Smith only hauled in eight catches for 195 yards in 2021, but he offers raw speed and some ability as a returner. His season-long reception went for 63 yards, and the burner also took a couple of carries out of the backfield, punching one in for a touchdown.
On paper, Smith bears some similarities to wide receiver Mecole Hardman — except a poor man’s version based on statistics and accomplishments. He stands at six feet tall and weighs a very light 150 pounds.
If he impresses at rookie camp, the Missouri speedster will join a crowded Chiefs wide receiver room that already runs about 15 deep. It’s obviously a long road ahead for the college walk-on, but one he’ll gladly take any day of the week.