In the third of our series of posts exploring how the Bears 2010 opening day roster will shake down, we look at the young position group that was perhaps the biggest question mark heading into last year.
Now, less than a year later, some folks are ready to anoint them the second coming of the 1999-early 2000s St. Louis Rams Greatest Show on Turf.
Yes, we’re talking wide receivers…
Lock: Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Devin Aromashodu, Earl Bennett
Limbo: Rashied Davis, Juaquin Iglesias, Eric Peterman, Freddie Barnes
At the WR spot, the question isn’t really whom will stick…it’s how many. After Hester, Knox, DA and Earl, that leaves one or two guys that are going to be used sparingly on offense, but regularly on special teams. I think the battle comes down to Davis and Iglesias. So with that, ladies and gentlemen…
The case for Davis: He’s been a solid special teams contributor for years. His veteran presence could be an asset if one or two guys ahead of him get hurt.
The case for Iglesias: He showed flashes (in practice) late last year to warrant a place on the game day roster. He also has relatively high draft credentials (third rounder), and Angelo likes to give those fellas at least two years to pan out.
Okay, I’ve convinced myself to keep them both, giving the Bears six WRs on the opening day roster. Case closed.
Predicting the Bears wide receiver group is about as easy as this little exercise is going to get. Next time, we’ll take a look at the position that could force one proven player to find employment elsewhere – tight end.
Jeff’s previous position predictions:
So through three positions, I have the roster count at 17 on our way to the final 53.