The Chicago Bears head into training camp looking to answer questions about their depth at receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
The Chicago Bears finished 2013 with the best starting wide receiver duo, which consisted of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Marshall finished with 100 receptions, 1,295 yards and a career-high 12 touchdown catches. He will remain with the Bears through 2017 after signing a $30 million contract extension.
Jeffery added 89 catches, 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in his second professional season. He has gotten off to a great start in OTAs as well, so it is looking he will be able to prove that last season was not a fluke.
Although they have a dynamic duo starting, the Bears will need to make sure that they can maintain depth. Marquess Wilson, who is entering his second year, is on track to be the No. 3 receiver in Chicago. The former Washington State star only had two catches in his rookie season, but he is looking to make the next step under the guidance of Marshall and Jeffery.
Josh Morgan may end up being the third receiver though since he has more experience than Wilson. He has been a solid contributor since his days with the San Francisco 49ers, and he will fill in just fine for the departed Earl Bennett.
Chris Williams and Eric Weems will compete for the final roster spot among the wide receivers. Weems has primarily been a special teams contributor in his career. The former Atlanta Falcons’ kick returner will look to prove that he can still excel in this area.
Williams will also compete for the kick returner job after setting a Canadian Football League record with six return touchdowns.
The Bears have their starting receivers set in stone, but they will look to maintain quality depth in the event Marshall or Jeffery get injured.