We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Kickoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Bears September 7th season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
No. 10 Marquess Wilson appeared to be the answer at No. 3 on the depth chart at wide receiver. However, after suffering a broken collarbone during the preseason, Wilson is missing an opportunity to join Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the field … at least for now.
Wilson, the Bears’ seventh round draft pick in 2013, enjoyed a successful college career at Washington State University. He set the school record for all-time receiving yards and appeared to be well on his way to becoming one of the best receivers in college football. But in 2012, Wilson began experiencing problems. Despite leading his Washington State team in receiving in 2012, Wilson left the team after having problems with head coach Mike Leach and his staff.
Bears General Manager Phil Emery didn’t let Wilson’s problematic 2012 season influence his decision to draft the talented receiver. Wilson sat behind veteran Earl Bennett on the depth chart for most of the 2013 season and saw very little playing time. But after the Bears released Bennett this offseason, the door flew wide open for Wilson.
Wilson emerged as one of the pleasant surprises of this year’s training camp. He established himself as a starting-caliber receiver among a crowded core of veterans, such as Josh Morgan, Michael Spurlock and Armanti Edwards. His 6-4, 184-pound frame fits in well with the Bears’ other big receiving threats and upon his return from injury, Wilson should be able to compete with Santonio Holmes for playing time.
The Bears will certainly miss Wilson’s presence heading into the 2014 regular season, but should receive a nice boost from No. 10 when he returns from injury.
Just 10 more days, Bears fans!
Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Kickoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on September 7th. We’re 10 days from kickoff. Are you ready???