There has been a focus on the Chicago Bears’ wide receiver depth this week with the injury to Marquess Wilson leaving a significant question mark at the wide receiver position for the Bears behind Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.
The Bears had veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes in for workout on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman indicated that the team was not all that interested in Holmes. Trestman admitted to reporters that he was not in attendance for Holmes’ workout and that that he had yet to watch the film of veteran’s visit.
The fact that Trestman seemingly had little interest in Holmes and his workout with the team indicates that the team may be content with the wider receivers that they have on their roster, or, at the very least, have no concrete interest in Holmes.
After all, that may be the the best thing, considering Holmes tends to carry baggage that often creates turbulent times for whatever locker room he is in. That was the case in Holmes’ last stop with the New York Jets.
Holmes never lived up to his expectations with the Jets and made headlines for his transgressions off the field. Holmes would often clash with other teammates on the Jets and had a fractured relationship with the Jets’ front office.
Needless to say, Holmes is not the veteran answer for the Bears.
The veteran answer that the Bears are looking for at the wide receiver position could already be on the team’s roster.
That wide receiver could be former Washington Redskin Josh Morgan.
Morgan has been overlooked this summer at training camp but the veteran believes he is the ideal candidate to replace the injured Wilson.
“I contribute majorly in the blocking game. I catch everything that’s thrown my way, or try to,” Morgan said. “I break tackles. I’m physical after the [catch], physical in the blocking game. I think I have a very unique style at the receiver position. Some compare me to the type of style that Anquan Boldin has, but I couldn’t really tell half the stuff that these guys do. I have to let the scouts describe my game. I try and be a workhorse. I want to do whatever’s needed.” -Josh Morgan, ESPN Chicago
Morgan certainly is confident as he enters his first Pre-Season game with the Bears on Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Morgan, at 6′ 1″ and 220 pounds, is the physical receiver that the Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler prefer. Cutler, in an attempt to be familiar with all the wide receivers on the team, has seen reps with the second team offense during training camp and has worked with Morgan this summer.
Morgan’s main competition at the slot receiver spot is Eric Weems. Weems has been impressive during training camp as a wide receiver and may have a leg up considering he was with the Bears last season.
Though, with an impressive showing during Pre-Season, Morgan could latch on with the Bears.