Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman told reporters on Wednesday after practice that the expectation is for wide receiver Chris Williams to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday.
Williams could play an important role with the Bears this season.
Williams, if healthy, presumably will serve as the Bears’ primary returner this season. Williams, a former Canadian League standout, showed off his speedy skills in the Bears’ first pre-season game this year against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Williams scored a touchdown on a 72-yard pass play.
Williams was expected to assume return duties for the Bears in the second half of their game against the Eagles, however, the wide receiver injured his hamstring on his touchdown play. Williams returned to practice for the Bears this week.
Trestman indicated that Williams will work as a returner as well as a wide receiver.
Williams may be a nice option for the Bears to have on offense. Williams possesses a sense of speed that the team does not currently have among their wide receivers. While Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are two of the best wide receivers in the NFL, neither has the speed that Williams has.
Williams’ speed could be used to take the top off of opposing defenses and open things up for Marshall, Jeffery, and tight end Martellus Bennett.