With Orton in place, receivers on deckAugust 19th, 2008 - 5:17 pm
With the starting quarterback position resolved, the next most pressing position battle on the agenda would appear to be at receiver. The Bears are deep at the position with 10 guys possibly battling for six spots. With the Bears likely to keep four running backs, the team could limit their quarterback depth chart to just two, or they could choose to keep just five wideouts.
Devin Hester, Rashied Davis, and Earl Bennett all signed multi-year contracts this off-season, so they appear to have secured spots. That would leave Marty Booker, Brandon Lloyd, Mark Bradley, Mike Hass, Marcus Monk, Brandon Rideau, and Ryan Grice-Mullen left to battle for two, maybe three spots.
The Bears will probably axe Grice-Mullen and may save practice squad spots open for Monk and/or Rideau, leaving Booker, Lloyd, Bradley, and Hass to compete for the two or three remaining spots.
Booker seems like a logical choice to stay because he signed a two-year deal in March and is a steady veteran. Lloyd has looked good throughout training camp and played well with newly appointed starting quarterback Kyle Orton in a two-minute drive against Seattle on Saturday.
As for Bradley and Hass, do the Bears keep one of them as the sixth receiver, or do they cut their ties and keep depth at quarterback, fullback, linebacker, or defensive line? And, don’t forget, the Bears will be keeping an open roster spot for rookie left tackle Chris Williams, who will be out at least until November.
I think if the Bears do keep six, it’ll probably be Bradley because of his status as a second round pick and Hass likely will be shown the door.
Hopefully, some of these spots can be resolved Thursday when the Bears’ starting offense likely will play into the third quarter against the 49ers.