While the Chicago Bears already have the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, they will need help from another wideout if they hope to win the NFC North. If Marquess Wilson has anything to say about it, he will be that third receiver in what could be the best receiving corps ever assembled.
Wilson was a 7th-round draft pick by the Bears in 2013 and was able to snag two catches for a total of 10 yards. All 10 of those yards came on his lone reception in the Bears’ Week 17 meeting with the Green Bay Packers last season. This reception may not go down in history as significant, though it is could be telling as to how this upcoming season will go for Wilson. On a key third down late in the game, QB Jay Cutler trusted the rookie enough to look his way and Wilson delivered. While the Bears would go on to lose the game in heartbreaking fashion, hopefully this will be the reception that cements Wilson as a legitimate receiver in his QB’s eyes.
Heading into 2014, Wilson has been working out with fellow WRs Marshall and Jeffery in preparation for his breakout season. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Wilson would be the No. 3 receiver on the field, which would lead to plenty of favorable coverage for him to take advantage of. If the Bears are able to add a dynamic player to their inside slot position, that would open the field up for Marshall and Jeffery on the outside as well.
When the team opens up training camp in late July, Wilson will be listed as the No. 3 position, and barring a major setback, the position is his to lose. With the offense that head coach Marc Trestman has to work with already, Wilson should have every opportunity this season to become a Pro Bowl caliber talent in the NFL.
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