The Chicago Bears’ offense was uncharacteristically dynamic in 2013, and there is a chance that it can be even better in 2014. With everyone in the offensive starting lineup returning next season, it will be the presence of wide receiver Marquess Wilson that could be the reason for the improvement of the Bears’ well-oiled offensive machine.
Wilson, who is entering his second year in the NFL, only had two receptions for 13 yards in 2013. However, despite his minuscule statistics, Chicago’s coaching staff has high hopes for Wilson, and is favored to claim the No. 3 wide receiver spot behind Pro Bowlers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
The competition for Wilson seemed to be a bit stiff at first, but his chance to shine got much brighter when Earl Bennett and Domenik Hixon were released due to a contract dispute and a torn ACL respectively.
Currently, the players that will potentially battle Wilson for that third receiver spot on the depth chart are Josh Bellamy, Josh Morgan, Terrence Toliver and Chris Williams. The other players that round out the receiving corps are Armanti Edwards, Michael Spurlock and Eric Weems. However, those three players will more than likely fight it out for return duties on special teams.
Aside from Marshall and Jeffery, none of the other receivers for the Bears have relevant experience in the league that will make them stand out among the crowd, especially in Marc Trestman’s offense. Even though Wilson is a part of this unexperienced group, he still will be the one receiver with the best chance of contributing to Chicago’s offense in 2014. The No. 3 wide receiver spot is his to lose.