After Hester and Bennett, Here’s Who’ll Stick Around at WR

Even before it became clear the Bears were not going to actively pursue a top-tier receiver – either via trade or free agency – the coaches insisted their passing game would feature more than just the WR position. And based on the heavy percentage of 2-TE packages in the Denver game (by my count, 70% of the total 1st half plays), they weren’t just giving us lip service.

So as far as which receivers will make the roster, my guess is 6 but I wouldn’t be surprised (or disappointed) if we only go with 5. After Hester and Bennett, here’s who I think will stick around…

  • Iglesias was a high(er) round draft pick and will be given time to grow.
  • Knox has shown flashes and could be featured in a handful of special packages in the regular season. Looks like he’ll also back up Manning as kick returner.
  • Rideau brings some needed size to the position, can play special teams and will make the cut for the first time in three tries. He just needs to save some of his training camp and preseason prowess for the games that matter.
  • Aromashodu has received praise from Cutler and actually been the target on several Cutler passes during the preseason. Expect him to lock down the 3rd WR position by the 3rd or 4th game.

With Hester and Bennett’s ability to play all positions, including the slot where Davis once excelled, and the fact that Rideau and Aromashodu bring some needed size to the field, Davis, who no doubt will be missed by teammates, is expendable.

But if the Denver game is any indication, don’t expect significant offensive playing time from the bottom 3 or 4 WRs. When it comes to the Bears’ passing game, it looks like a balanced approach that makes use of all positions is in the cards. And who can argue with 34 points in the last 60 minutes of game time with Cutler under center…

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