The Chicago Bears wide receiver depth chart went from rail thin to rather deep. That can be shown no further than Dante Pettis, who lead the team in snaps last season being the potential odd man out when looking at the depth chart.
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The Bears will keep five wide receivers for sure, but they have so much depth it is clear that they want to keep six. When looking at the depth chart D.J. Moore, Chase Claypool, and Darnell Mooney are the clear top three. Who will hold down the spots below them?
Equaniemous St. Brown is the best blocker on the roster, but that will not win him much these days. Still, he also has special team experience from his Packers days. Velus Jones can return kicks, Dante Pettis can return punts, and Tyler Scott is a rookie who they just drafted, making him the least likely to get released.
So, the question is, which of these bottom three guys can Scott fill the role of during his rookie season? The answer may be Pettis. The Chicago Bears have Tyler Scott returning in mini-camp right now; the vibe is that he will compete to return punts when they get to training camp this summer.
This is the path for Scott to stay active on gameday. If St. Brown is getting core special teams snaps, and Jones is returning kicks, neither will be inactive. If Scott is not providing on special teams, he is not getting on the field, which hurts his development.
The issue is that Scott did not return punts in college. Still, that is mainly because the Raiders drafted the teammate of Scott, Tre Tucker, in the third round almost solely because he is a legitimate NFL return man.
So, the numbers are starting to point to Pettis being off of the roster. Of course, if Scott cannot take the job, Pettis will win, and the Bears will have to get creative. Still, the Bears are even giving Velus Jones a second chance.
Velus Jones fumbled away the job last year, and Pettis did not give it back up. That is almost the sole reason Pettis is here now. The Bears are hoping that between Jones and Scott, they have someone who can force Pettis out. Still, it will come down to a competition, and one of them will have to unseat him in a battle.