Dazz Newsome

American football player (born 1999)
American football player
Dazz Newsome
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Newsome with North Carolina in 2019
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1999-05-15) May 15, 1999 (age 24)
Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Hampton
College:North Carolina (2017–2020)
NFL draft:2021 / Round: 6 / Pick: 221
Career history
  • Chicago Bears (2021)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2022)*
  • San Francisco 49ers (2022–2023)*
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders (2024–present)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2019)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:2
Receiving yards:23
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Dazz Newsome (born May 15, 1999) is an American professional gridiron football wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at North Carolina and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Newsome attended Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia.[1] He played wide receiver, running back and cornerback in high school. As a senior he was the Daily Press Offensive Player of the Year after he had 35 total touchdowns, 1,684 rushing yards and 413 receiving yards.[2] He originally committed to the University of Maryland, College Park to play college football but later changed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[3]

College career

Newsome originally started his career at North Carolina in 2017 as a defensive back but was converted to wide receiver.[4][5] He finished his first season with 18 receptions for 227 yards in nine games. As a sophomore in 2018, he played in 11 games with six starts and had 44 receptions for 506 yards and two receiving touchdowns and a punt return touchdown.[6] As a junior in 2019, Newsome led the team with 72 receptions for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns.[7] In his senior year, the COVID-19 affected 2020 season, Newsome caught 54 passes for 684 yards and 6 touchdowns. He entered the NFL draft following the season, electing not to use the extra year of eligibility that had been granted to NCAA athletes in response to the pandemic.

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Newsome was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 6th round, 221st overall, of the 2021 NFL Draft.[8] On June 2, 2021, Newsome suffered a broken collarbone.[9] The same day, he signed his four-year rookie contract with Chicago.[10] On August 31, 2021, Newsome was waived by the Bears. [11] The following day, Newsome was added to Chicago's practice squad. [12] He was promoted to the active roster on January 8, 2022.

On August 23, 2022, Newsome was waived by the Bears.[13]

The Seattle Seahawks hosted Newsome for a workout on October 18, 2022.[14] On October 29, 2022, the Cincinnati Bengals also hosted Newsome for a workout.

Kansas City Chiefs

On November 1, 2022, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Newsome to their practice squad.[15] He was released just two days later.[16]

San Francisco 49ers

On November 14, 2022, the San Francisco 49ers hosted Newsome for a workout.[17] He was signed to the team’s practice squad the following day.[18] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 31, 2023.[19] He was waived on August 22, 2023.[20]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On February 27, 2024, Newsome agreed to terms with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.[21]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+18 in
(1.78 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
29+78 in
(0.76 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.57 s 1.65 s 2.66 s 4.39 s 7.39 s 34.0 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
12 reps
All values from Pro Day[22][23][24]

References

  1. ^ Yanchulis, Kate (October 12, 2016). "Hampton's Dazz Newsome approaches football with calculated instinct". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  2. ^ Yanchulis, Kate (December 24, 2016). "Daily Press All-Stars: Football, offense". Daily Press. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  3. ^ Yanchulis, Kate (February 1, 2017). "Hampton's Dazz Newsome chooses UNC over VT, UMD". Daily Press. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  4. ^ Wood, Norm (October 16, 2019). "Hampton High grad Dazz Newsome finds starring role at UNC after move from defense to receiver". Pilot Online. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  5. ^ Alexander, Jonathan (November 1, 2018). "How UNC's Newsome went from defender to an offensive threat". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  6. ^ "'I can see!' Why UNC's Dazz Newsome is catching the ball better". News & Observer. September 22, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  7. ^ Taylor, John (January 7, 2020). "North Carolina WR Dazz Newsome announces return". NBC Sports College Football. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  8. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 1, 2021). "Bears spend second sixth-round pick on WR Newsome". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  9. ^ Links, Zachary (June 2, 2021). "Broken Collarbone For Bears' Dazz Newsome". Pro Football Rumors. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  10. ^ Levine, Ben (June 2, 2021). "Bears Sign Four More Draft Picks". Pro Football Rumors. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  11. ^ Medina, Luis (August 31, 2021). "The Bears Have Waived Sixth-Round Picks Dazz Newsome and Thomas Graham Jr". Bleacher Nation. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  12. ^ Wiltfong, Lester A. Jr. (September 1, 2021). "Bears announce initial 2021 Practice Squad". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  13. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 23, 2022). "Roster Moves: Bears cut five to reach 80-man roster limit". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  14. ^ Gilbert, John P. (October 18, 2022). "Seahawks workout trio of wide receivers Tuesday". Field Gulls. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  15. ^ Dixon, John (November 1, 2022). "Chiefs sign former Bears wideout to practice squad". Arrowhead Pride. SB Nation. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  16. ^ Goldman, Charles (November 4, 2022). "Chiefs release WR Dazz Newsome, sign DB Ugo Amadi to practice squad". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  17. ^ Posey, Kyle (November 14, 2022). "49ers sign Dazz Newsome to the practice squad". Niners Nation. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  18. ^ "Dazz Newsome: Headed to San Francisco". CBSSports.com. November 15, 2022. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  19. ^ Madson, Kyle (February 1, 2023). "49ers add 10 players to reserve/future contracts". Niners Wire. Retrieved May 29, 2023.
  20. ^ "49ers Sign WR Anthony Miller; Waive a Wide Receiver". 49ers.com. August 22, 2023.
  21. ^ "Riders Sign Former Chicago Bears Draft Selection Dazz Newsome". Saskatchewan Roughriders. February 27, 2024. Retrieved February 27, 2024.
  22. ^ "Dazz Newsome Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  23. ^ "Dazz Newsome, North Carolina, WR, 2021 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  24. ^ "Dazz Newsome 2021 NFL Draft Profile". insider.espn.com. Retrieved March 10, 2022.

External links

  • North Carolina Tar Heels bio
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