Earl Bennett has always been one wide receiver that has had the heart of Chicago Bears‘ fans. Throughout his six-year career with the Bears, Bennett has earned a reputation for himself of being a dependable wide receiver that Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler can depend on.
Bennett has also developed another reputation for himself during his time in the NFL. Bennett has the reputation of being injury prone.
The latest injury to Bennett came nearly three weeks ago when the wide receiver suffered a concussion during practice.
Bennett has yet to return since suffering that concussion, and Chicago Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman indicated this week that the wide receiver might not be ready to play in the Bears’ season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 8.
As unfortunate as it may be, Bennett’s time on the sideline has created an opportunity for other wide receivers to impress the coaching staff while playing in place of the veteran receiver.
One of those wide receiver looking for a spot on the Bears’ 53-man roster is rookie Marquess Wilson. Wilson, who was the seventh round pick of the Bears in the 2013 NFL Draft, has been the Bears’ top receiver in the first two pre-season games.
Second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was complimentary of Wilson for the way the rookie receiver has handled his first-year in the NFL.
“He’s a great receiver,” Jeffery said. “He’s got great hands. Coming in your first year, you’ve just got to learn a lot faster. Everything moves faster than college.”-Alshon Jeffery, HubArkush
Wilson is one of five receivers competing for possibly two open spots.
Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Bennett will all be on the Bears’ 53-man roster.
That would leave two open spots for the Bears at the wide receiver position. That is assuming that the Bears will keep five wide receivers on their roster this season.
The candidates for those two spots will be Wilson, Joe Anderson, Eric Weems, Terrence Toliver, and Devin Aromashodu.
Weems likely has an upper-hand on one of the two open spots because of his ability to play special teams.
Aromashodu is towards the bottom of the Bears’ pre-season depth chart at the wide receiver position and will face an uphill climb to make the roster.
Anderson, Toliver, and Wilson have all been impressive at different points this pre-season. The flavor of the week appears to be Wilson, though, Anderson was the early favorite to land a roster spot.
After the Bears’ pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders on Friday, the team will make their first series of roster cuts next week.