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Coach says Bears receiving trio has ‘elite’ potential

Larry Mayer at interviewed Bears WR coach Darryl Drake to get a pre-training camp read on his talented group of pupils. While it’s not unusual to hear coaches blow sunshine up everyone’s hineys this time of year, a couple of Coach Drake’s comments were eye-openers.

Drake on whether Devin Hester can be an elite receiver…

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he can be. There’s no doubt in my mind that Aromashodu and Knox can be as well.”

The unsolicited inclusion of DA and Knox is surprising, and probably more of a motivational tactic for the 2 young WRs than anything. But it says a lot about the increased production he expects from these guys next year.

Drake on the progress of second-year wideout Juaquin Iglesias

“It’s a night and day difference compared to last year. He started to come on last year at the end of the season. But right now he’s really making a push. He’s doing some really good things. He’s caught the eye of the coaches and the quarterbacks. He’s doing really well and he needs to continue to do that.”

Reading between the lines, if Iglesias continues at his current pace, it could mean he’ll steal some playing time away from this guy…

Drake on Earl Bennett

“Earl’s starting to come. He had an injury and missed a lot of valuable time [early in the offseason program]. But the last few days of OTAs we saw the old Earl. He started to do some things that we know he’s capable of doing. Training camp will be big for him like it will be for the rest of the guys.”

Not necessarily a rousing endorsement, is it now?

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