After signing with the Chicago Bears this weekend, veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes began practicing with the Bears this week. With the Bears playing the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman is undecided on whether or not Holmes will play in that game.
“I can’t say that right now,” Trestman said. “I think we’re trying to get him to that place. I think I’ll know a little bit more after practice tomorrow. We’ll see where he’s at. We’ll talk to him and we’ll see if he’s ready to go and get some playing time.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Trestman wants to put Holmes in the best position to succeed.
“I just want him to feel comfortable to be able to go in there and perform and not put our team in a position where his mistakes would create mistakes around him,” Trestman said. “We want to give him the best chance to succeed on an individual basis as well.” -Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Earlier this week, Trestman told reporters that veteran Josh Morgan will have the first opportunity at being the Bears’ No. 3 wide receiver this season. Morgan has been with the Bears throughout the duration of training camp and that is why he is the favorite to replace Marquess Wilson‘s spot in the offense.
Though, if Holmes is healthy, then Morgan may only be keeping the spot warm for the former New York Jets’ wide receiver.
Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler spoke to reporters about Holmes on Tuesday and expressed excitement over the veteran’s possible involvement in the team’s offense.
It’s just a matter of getting him caught up with our verbiage, how we like to do things, the little tweaks we like, and just kind of get in a rapport with him timing wise. It just takes time. He’s explosive. He’d probably be honest [and tell you] he’s a little bit rusty. He’s been out of football. But getting in and out of cuts, [he] catches the ball well, extremely explosive, fast. He’s exciting. It’s hard coming in where we are offensively and just kind of throwing him into the mix.” -Jay Cutler, ESPN Chicago
If not, the Bears will settle for Morgan until Wilson returns from a fractured clavicle injury.