What is the best possible outcome for Josh Bellamy and what is his worst scenario?
As we get ready for the 2017 Bears season, it is a good time to look at the ceiling and floor of every player currently on the Bears roster. Of course, career ending injury is the absolute floor, but we will try to keep it to an on the field scenario. Also, this is the most reasonable ceiling to be set, Mitchell Trubisky is not going to be Super Bowl MVP, MVP and Rookie of the Year this season. With that all said, this edition will look at wide receiver Josh Bellamy.
Bellamy got the message when it comes to the signings of Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, and Victor Cruz. He shows up to training camp in his best shape and ready to compete. The first thing he does is get practice reps on special teams and became a special teams starter in the preseason. Victor Cruz looks very old and misses some time in camp with injuries. All of the sudden the door in open for Bellamy to make the team as a sixth wide receiver and a special teamer.
Late into the season injuries push Bellamy up the rotation with rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky shows success with Bellamy, Kevin White, and Cameron Meredith and they become the three that become his relied on targets over the last few games. The Bears like what they see, as Bellamy remained a special teamer over that stretch as well. They wind up giving him another deal with a decent amount of guaranteed money, and he likely makes the team as the fourth wide receiver behind Markus Wheaton, White and Meredith next season.
The depth chart just started to get too crowded. Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Victor Cruz, Markus Wheaton, and Kendall Wright all start to live up to their potential in camp giving good vibes about the group.
Undrafted free agent Tanner Gentry starts getting snaps on special teams over, and Deonte Thompson is holding a firm grip on the kick returner job. Questions as to whether or not they keep five or six wide receivers arise, and it is those two, not Bellamy being discussed. Bellamy gets cut and finds his way onto the bottom of another team’s roster for the rest of the season.