When the Chicago Bears take on the Seattle Seahawks this Friday, the Bears will get their first big test of the preseason. Facing off against a top-ranked defense is not usually the ideal time to break in a new wide receiver into the lineup, but Santonio Holmes is not an average player.
The former Super Bowl MVP signed with the Bears last week after the team cut ties with WR Eric Weems. Now, with just one week of practice under his belt, Holmes is set to make his Bears debut at the No. 3 wide receiver spot against the defending Super Bowl champions on Friday. Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman is hopeful that Holmes will be able to contribute on at least a handful of plays, as he has not had enough time to learn the full playbook yet. While Holmes does need more time to lock in all the verbiage of the Bears offense, he clearly knows how to run routes and has a great feel for getting open. the sooner he can create chemistry with QB Jay Cutler the better.
The Bears are also expected to give veteran Josh Morgan a chance at some first team reps this week. Morgan has caught five passes for 77 yards over his first two preseason games and has earned his chance to play at the No. 3 spot. Though Holmes figures to be the starter when the Bears open the regular season, Morgan has a chance to earn himself a roster spot and first look in the event that Holmes doesn’t pan out as the team hopes he will.
With the first team offense slated to play well into the second quarter, Morgan and Holmes should each be able to find time on the field.
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