Who are the lower end Bears wide receivers to watch in training camp?
The receiving group is so deep that their preview needs two parts. In part one, we hit the five big names at wide receiver. Who are the back end players, and what should be noted with their progression?
For Randle, you just want to see that he cares. This is a player with so much talent that he continues to get chances. However, everywhere he has been in his career he has fallen down the depth chart over the course of every season. Now, on his third team in as many years Randle is close to not getting any more chances. Does Randle care to make the roster or will he slowly fade out of the league?
Gentry is one of the most important undrafted free agents to watch out for. He is a tall, downfield receiver who can be a splash player. Of any of the receivers in this group, he may have the best chance of making the team and may be a Kevin White security blanket, as they carry a similar skill set. It will be interesting to see if he is following White in drills in training camp.
Braverman profiles as a slot player. However, Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright will play almost exclusively in the slot. The Bears also will be looking to stretch their tight ends out into the slot. How much and whether or not he gets snaps in the slot will determine where he stands as far as making the team at any point in Chicago. The Bears could have the chance to completely phase him out with so many other options.
Bellamy has to climb to make the roster. He has to show some type of special teams staying power to make the back end of the roster. If he were to make it, it would be as a sixth wide receiver, and that point he is battling linebackers and defensive backs as much as his other receivers.
If Thompson is going to earn a job this offseason it is going to be a return man. Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham and Eddie Jackson are the main adversaries. Braverman could be as well but does not have much experience compared to Thompson. Thompson, like Bellamy, would be the sixth receiver, so without that special team’s feather in his cap, he does not stand a good chance.