Marquess Wilson Makes Roster, Should go on IR

By Ricardo Guzman
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Rob Grabowski – USA TODAY Sports

The improvements that Marquess Wilson showed, before he went down with a broken collarbone, was enough to keep his spot on the Chicago Bears 53-man roster.

A few veteran NFL players received the news that they would not be a part of the 2014 roster: Eben Britton, Kelvin Hayden and M.D Jennings. Former NIU star quarterback Jordan Lynch did not make the roster as a running back. Instead, Senorice Perry will be the fourth stringer.

As it stands right now, a decision must be made on what to do with Wilson as he recovers from the broken collarbone. The Bears front office must decide to either leave him on the active roster or place him on short-term injured reserve.

If he is placed on the IR, it would give the Bears some flexibility in signing somebody that they may be interested in during free agency. They could put a claim on a player that landed on the waiver wire if they see a need to fill a position.

That is what the Bears should do. They only have eight total offensive lineman on their roster, while only five receivers will be active during Wilson’s recovery. Look for the Bears to add to either of these positions once they put Wilson on the IR.

Santonio Holmes also made the team. As it stands, he could enter Game 1 of the regular season as the punt returner. The Bears are still left without a No. 1 kick returner. The cutting of Chris Williams came as a surprise as he returned three kicks for a total of 81 yards. Perry’s retention could mean he will be the kick returner, as he also showed promise on kicks.

Ricardo Guzman is a Bears writer for Follow him on Twitter @rcky_guzman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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