Former Vols wide receiver Pig Howard is getting a chance with the Chicago Bears. And he probably has former Tennessee receivers coach Zach Azzanni to thank for that, at least in part.
Azzanni, who is in his first season as the Bears’ wide receivers coach after spending the last four seasons with the same role on Butch Jones’ staff, will add a familiar face to his position group during training camp.
Howard was dismissed from the Tennessee program during his senior season in 2015. The former 4-star recruit from Orlando, Fla., who also is known by his first name Alton, had a productive junior season with the Vols in 2014. He accumulated 618 yards receiving on 54 receptions and scoring 3 touchdowns (2 of which were of the rushing variety).
At just 24 years old, Howard is still young enough to get a professional career on track under Azzanni’s tutelage.
Here’s a look at the official release from the Bears announcing the move, which involved waiving kicker Andy Phillips to make room for Howard:
Roster move: We have waived rookie K Andy Phillips and signed undrafted rookie WR Alton Howard. pic.twitter.com/frIt7Avvry
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 7, 2017