I remember watching a Chicago Bears preseason game in 2009 with my father. At the time, my father said about this Bears rookie Johnny Knox,
If this kid doesn’t get killed, he’ll be a good receiver. But one day, someone will get him.
Little did I know at the time my father would be 100 percent correct. Knox had a nice three-year run with the Bears until he was nearly broken in half in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. It is now appearing that Knox’s days with the Bears are over.
Knox is listed on the Bears website at 6’0 and 185 pounds, but he always seemed like one of the smallest guys on the field. He relied on his speed and ability to find space to make plays. Additionally, he was a solid kick returner. Knox contributed in many ways. Despite not playing in 2012, the Bears kept Knox on injured reserve and gave him a shot to rehab his back. While Knox certainly didn’t fail from a lack of effort, he was fighting an uphill battle from the get-go; and the clock ran out on Knox.
The Bears still need to find consistency from their wide receivers. With new head coach Marc Trestman and a commitment to improving offensively, the Bears will certainly be in the market for a wide receiver. Brandon Marshall is a stud, but there are many guys that aren’t consistent after him on the depth chart. Many fans are holding out hope for Alshon Jeffrey, but he’s been inconsistent at best.