Chicago Bears: Rookie Joe Anderson Should Receive More Playing Time

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With the Chicago Bears facing a must win game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday it will be all hands on deck to keep their playoff hopes alive and breath life into the dwindling Lovie Smith era for another week.

The Cardinals have a very good pass defense which is currently ranked 4th overall in the NFL, given that no Bears’ receiver has really established themselves across from Brandon Marshall, I feel that Mike Tice should give rookie WR Joe Anderson a few snaps on offense and see what this guy can do with the ball.

Anderson had a good game on special teams last week. He came exceedingly close to blocking a punt and made some stinging tackles on punt/kick coverage.

I love when you can see a player that has a thirst to make a play, Anderson has spent most of the early parts of his pro career proving that he deserves to be in this league, in sum it is his drive to prove his critics wrong that will make him a useful member of this roster for years to come.

”I’m just a dog – that’s the way I describe my ability on the field. I’m not stepping out of bounds for nobody. I’ve been in the weight room. I’m very physical. I’ll go up and get it. I have a 42-inch vertical. I’ll go up and get it if you need to be thrown up like that. Short yardage, I can get the first down. Whatever. I can run routes, 15 yard routes, come out of my break. I can do pretty much anything.”

Look of course Anderson is going to blow his own trumpet about his abilities, but ask yourself what has any other receiver done this year to show they are of any use to this organisation.

Devin Hester after yet another offseason hearing how great he is, has been found wanting yet again. Earl Bennett has regressed this year after the contract he received last season.

Eric Weems has shown flashes when given the chance, but nothing to hang your hat on, Dane Sanzenbacher has been hurt by his poor special teams play, has spent much of the year inactive.

Alshon Jeffery has been plagued by injury setbacks, personally I can see the potential and after another offseason and hopefully a new Offensive Coordinator he should take the next step in 2013.

I refuse to acknowledge the Tight End unit as they are simply a disgrace and have set the position back 50 years with their lack of talent and frankly bad play in 2012.

With the season on the line, nobody else stepping up to try and get the job done, the Bears could do a lot worse than getting the ball into the hands of a kid who wants to prove himself, has a willingness to succeed and basically wants to pound some faces into the dirt.

In sum Anderson has the exact mentality and drive that Marshall spoke about in his post game press conference last Sunday. It is high time he was given a shot to show what he can do on offense.


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