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Former Maryland DB Josh Woods signed by Chicago Bears

He turned his breakout senior season into a professional opportunity.

Josh Woods vs UCF Josh Williams

It appears another former Maryland football player is heading to a NFL training camp, with Josh Woods getting picked up by the Chicago Bears, the team announced Thursday.

After having a solid rookie minicamp and being invited back for a veteran camp tryout, he’ll join Cavon Walker up there and make Chicago the second team (joining Carolina) with two rookie Terps on the squad.

A player who, before the season, expressed a desire to get into coaching when his playing days were done, Woods earned pro looks after a breakout senior season. In nine starts, he had a career-high 62 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

The Baltimore native will now have the next six weeks to prepare for preseason with the Bears. Woods is now listed as a linebacker, and the terms of the deal were not released, so he’ll have to grind his way onto the active roster. Chicago opens up training camp on July 19, and Woods will have to survive two weeks to play his hometown Ravens in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on August 2.