Chicago Bears: Hall of Fame Game raises eyebrows about wide receivers

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2. Bennie Fowler looks like a goner

One of the guys I was impressed with when I spent some time down in Bourbonnais watching the Bears in a couple of their first practices this summer was veteran Bennie Fowler. The pair of practices I saw, I noticed Fowler stand out and make some nice grabs here and there. I had some hope that he may be able to push for the final spot in this group.

Thursday night, that all changed. From the get-go, he was simply off his game. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel led the team down on a drive early, making this new-look offense appear quite fun and full of play-calling we’ve never seen with the Bears.

When it came time to strike, Daniel threw a pretty pass to the corner of the end zone right where only Fowler could reach it. It wasn’t a difficult catch by any means, but it wasn’t a cinch either. Regardless, Fowler had a touchdown — and he dropped it. The drive was a tone-setter to kick things off, and Fowler dropped a score. It was tough to see.

Just a few minutes later, Fowler had another easy drop. At that point, most fans had seen enough. If you were on Twitter at all throughout the game, you knew how the majority of fans felt — he will likely be a goner, especially with the performances of some other guys throughout camp and this opening game.