After Earl Bennett refused to take a cut in pay back in mid-March, the Chicago Bears released him. That opened up a spot for the third receiver role. Many feel that second year man Marquess Wilson will fill that spot.
Head Coach Marc Trestman would only say that Wilson would get a chance to compete for the spot. Teammate Brandon Marshall went on the record, expecting big things from Wilson.
Speaking to CBSSports.com, Marshall raved about Wilson. “He came down and trained with us the whole offseason. We’re really looking for him to do some big things. This guy, he’s probably the steal of the draft last year. I’m going to say that. He came in, he put in the work, he looks like a body builder. Fast, strong, explosive. I’m looking forward to seeing him in OTAs.”
Adding the 6’4″ Wilson would give the Bears the biggest receiving corps in the NFL. Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey also measure 6’4″, and tight end Martellus Bennett comes in at 6’6″. If Wilson is able to play as well as Marshall expects that would cause opposing defenses fits in trying compete with that height.
If anyone can help a receiver reach great heights it’s Marshall. He mentored Alshon Jeffery after his rookie season, taking him down to his training facility in Florida. Jeffery was able to make his body more solid, learned some tricks of the receiver trade, and had an incredible season. He had 89 catches for 1421 yards, 7 touchdowns, and some ridiculous catches.
After the accomplishments of Jeffery, a host of Bears players went to Florida this offseason, including Wilson. They are hoping some of that magic in Florida rubs off on them.