Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Depth Needs to be Addressed

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Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (center) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (left) and wide receiver Marquess Wilson (right) during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

We haven’t even gotten through the NFL Draft yet and already some interesting positional battles are taking shape for the Chicago Bears. One of the most interesting is the battle for backup wide receivers.  Remember a couple of years ago when our top wide receivers were Earl Bennett and Devin Hester? And throw in a Roy Williams for comic relief.  Those days are long gone,  but as they say,  mo’ money,  mo’ problems. 

The Bears are loaded at the top with arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league, but the dropoff after Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery is quite steep.  With Marshall getting up there in years and Jeffery with a little bit of an injury history his rookie season before his breakout season in 2013, the Bears need to be sure they’ve shored up the position to continue to operate the offense at a high level. Let’s look at the candidates to fill out the rest of the wide receiver spots on the 2014 Chicago Bears. 

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  • metalhead65

    wilson better be ready since they got rid bennent who when healthy was dependable guy and one who Cutler always looked for on 3rd down. if they don’t have a guy step up then martellus better have a monster season.

    • Tom Ward

      I liked Bennett but he was injured a lot and for the price it was time to let him go. And Martellus had 65 receptions last year which seems pretty dam good to me. That was behind Marshall 100, Jeffery 89 and Forte 75. Seems pretty spread around too. E. Bennett only had 32 receptions last year. 5th on the team. Wilson only caught 2 passes last year but one was in last game on a big third down.

  • ManGod

    C Williams is going to be special in this offense, Due to his size it is easy for him to get lost and suddenly burst past defenders. Give this kid a chance and he will bring the house down much the same way as Wes Welker does, except this kid is also very elusive on kick off and punt returns. I can see him bringing a new dimension to this offense and some excitement back into the return game. He may never break Hester’s record, but this kid will be better than the average returner in the NFL and he will also bring some added scoring potential to the Bear’s already dangerous offense. Working out of the slot like Welker only with the quickness and the speed to go deep, Trestman will utilize this Williams skill set. Marquess Wilson may the 3rd receiver on paper, but this guy might just be the real threat for opposing defenses due to his speed and open field running.