Marquess Wilson has the world at his fingertips right now. All he has to do is reach out, grab it, and run like the wind.
The second-year wide receiver, who possesses good speed and size (6-foot-3, and a much stronger body than during his rookie year), has the opportunity to have a big season. The stage is set up perfectly for him. All the attention will be on the NFL’s top wide receiver tandem of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, leaving the door open for Wilson to fly under the radar and reap the benefits that will come from opposing defenses focusing on the dynamic duo.
“He came down and trained with us the whole offseason,” Marshall said recently of Wilson. “We’re really looking for him to do some big things. This guy, he’s probably the steal of the draft last year. I’m going to say that. He came in, he put in the work, he looks like a body builder. Fast, strong, explosive.”
The Bears released veteran Earl Bennett mostly in a salary cap-saving move this offseason, but they felt comfortable doing so because of their belief in Wilson.
If Wilson can use his physical gifts and make even a fraction of the improvement that Jeffery made from Year 1 to Year 2 of his career, the Bears could have the most dynamic wide receiving corps in the NFL, and continue to post monster numbers this season.