The Bears received a crushing blow earlier this week when third wideout Marquess Wilson went down with a broken clavicle while laying out to make a catch. The “blow” might have been more emotional than statistical, for we don’t know for sure what kind of impact Wilson was going to have this season, his second in the NFL.
But the Bears had high expectations for Wilson after he trained with fellow receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, bulked up, and improved his technique and rapport with quarterback Jay Cutler.
It’s discouraging to see a player who is making great strides go down with an injury. Wilson will be back at some point this season, but the Bears will need to find a new number three receiver in the meantime.
Eric Weems is the most logical choice to replace Wilson, but maybe not the best option. He’s more a special teams player than anything, but he’s a crafty veteran and has knowledge of the offensive system. Josh Morgan — who recently compared himself to Anquan Boldin — would be an ideal solution if he can keep his head in the game. If Morgan really wants to stick, he’ll catch everything thrown his way and take after Boldin — as well as Marshall and Jeffery — and become a physical blocker in the run game.
Josh Bellamy, Chris Williams, Armanti Edwards, Michael Spurlock, and Dale Moss are all on the depth chart. Bellamy hasn’t had much a chance to prove himself, so he’ll look to the preseason to showcase. Williams hopes to make the team based on his kick return prowess. The others are just bodies.