Aug 8, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan (19) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Casey Matthews (50) during the second quarter of a preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Morgan To Start As No. 3 WR For The Chicago Bears On Friday

Despite the fact that the team signed veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes over the weekend, Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman told reporters on Monday that Josh Morgan will have the first opportunity at working as the Bears’ No. 3 wide receiver.

“It’s still wide open,” Trestman said of the club’s search for a No. 3 receiver. “In terms of how we’re doing it, Josh Morgan will get some work this week. We’ll see where the other guys are as we move through the end of the week, but Josh will get the first shot at it as we work into this week’s practice and as we work into the game.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago 

Morgan has quietly gone about his business during the Pre-Season with the Bears. The former Washington Redskin was the team leader in receiving yards in the Bears’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Thursday.

Holmes, who still needs to learn the Bears’ offensive scheme, likely will not be a major factor in the Bears’ game on Friday against the Seattle Seahawks. With Holmes still learning the offense, that creates the opportunity for Morgan to have the first shot at the Bears’ slot receiver position this week.

Morgan believes he is an ideal fit for what the Bears are looking for out of a slot receiver

“If you need me to go down there and block a 330-pound defensive end, that’s what I used to do a lot with the Redskins,” Morgan said during training camp. “If you need me to be a big major part in the running game like I was in San Francisco for Frank Gore, I did all those types of things throughout my career. If you need me to make the big play or the tough catch — the catch in traffic or the catch across the middle — I think if you watch film of me over the years, I think I’ve done all of that.”-Josh Morgan, ESPN Chicago 

Morgan, who was quickly discredited at the start of training camp, has emerged as a legitimate option to replace the injured Marquess Wilson‘s spot in the Bears offense. If Morgan thrives against the Seahawks on Friday, then the veteran likely will have a firm grasp on a roster spot.

It’s important to note that Morgan making the roster would not preclude Holmes from making the roster.

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