Can Marquess Wilson Make Chicago Bears’ Offense Better in 2014?

By Clyde A. Speller
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This past season, the offense of the Chicago Bears was one of the best in the NFL. Not only did they finish eighth in overall offense, but they also were ranked fifth in passing, and second in points per game.

Most of this can be attributed to the arrival of head coach Marc Trestman, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and a number of brand new faces in the starting lineup. New offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, Kyle Long and Jordan Mills played huge parts in Chicago’s role of keeping quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Josh McCown upright all season.

In addition, tight end Martellus Bennett added another big target in the aerial attack along with Pro Bowl wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. With such a productive year offensively, and so many weapons at their disposal, is it possible for the Bears’ offense to get any better for 2014?

If receiver Marquess Wilson has a breakout season, then this could be very possible. Wilson was selected during the seventh round by the Bears in 2013, and had just two catches for 13 yards on the year. Despite the lack of playing time, many have high hopes for Wilson going into next season.

It’s been rumored that Wilson will train with Marshall and Jeffery in Florida during the offseason. Jeffery trained with Marshall last offseason, and as a result became the league’s most improved player. If it is true that Wilson will join the Pro Bowl duo, Chicago could be in store of having the NFL’s best receiving corps.

However, for this to happen, Wilson will have to do a couple of things on his end. First, he’ll probably have to add some much-needed weight to his slender 6-foot-3, 194-pound frame. More importantly, Wilson will have to beat out veteran receiver Earl Bennett in training camp, whose receiving yardage has declined year after year.

The Wilson-Bennett battle this summer will be one of the most intriguing battles for the Bears. If Wilson, in fact, does open eyes in camp, it could mark the end for Bennett in Chicago, and the beginning for possibly the best offense in the NFL.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.

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