An interesting sight was seen at Chicago Bears practice on Monday morning. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was seen working with the Special Teams on Monday as a punt returner.
The Bears currently do not have a designated returner for punts and kickoffs. During the Bears’ first Pre-Season game this past Friday, wide receivers Michael Spurlock, Eric Weems and running back Michael Ford were the primary returners for the Bears.
Wide receiver Chris Williams was a dark-horse candidate to be the Bears’ primary kick returner this season, though, Williams suffered a hamstring injury on Friday and likely now faces an uphill battle to make the Bears roster.
Marshall has little experience in his nine-year career as kick returner. Marshall has one return on record and that was a return he made for the Bears last season that went for a loss of eight yards.
Bears’ special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis did not put much stock into Marshall working with the Special Teams on Monday as DeCamillis indicated that Marshall simply was looking for extra work.
Marshall is not going to be the Bears’ primary returner. The fact of the matter is that Marshall is too important to the Bears’ offense. The Bears can not afford to take the risk of Marshall getting injured on a return. An injury to Marshall would halt any progress that the offense could make in the second year under head coach Marc Trestman.