Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman spoke with reporters after practice on Monday and named the team’s kickoff and punt returner.
Holmes was signed by the Bears midway through the pre-season. Holmes signing was believed to be geared towards the Bears finding a replacement for Marquess Wilson. Wilson was ticketed to be the Bears’ slot receiver this season before fracturing his clavicle during a training camp practice.
Holmes didn’t play much during the Bears’ third pre-season game against the Seattle Seahawks but the veteran played most of the first half in the Bears final pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns. Holmes returned a punt for 30 yards in that game while also having a 32-yard touchdown catch.
Entering his eighth season, Spurlock has returned 107 kickoffs for a total of 2,587 yards and 3 touchdowns. Last season with the Detroit Lions, Spurlock returned 15 kickoffs for a total of 338 yards.
The Bears are entering their first season without Devin Hester since Hester was drafted in 2006. Spurlock will be replacing Hester on kickoffs.