Bears-Jaguars preview: Who’s going to step up into that #3 wide receiver role?

August 14th, 2014 - 5:00 pm

When Marquess Wilson went down with a broken clavicle during training camp, the Bears expressed their sadness over the injury. Wilson was emerging as a legitimate No. 3 receiver, if only in practice situations. There was much hope for him, though.

Maybe their sadness was just as much fear over who was backing Wilson up.

Eric Weems got the first crack at replacing Wilson last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, but his performance was far from enticing. He’s a savvy veteran but he’s short and lacks the strength and ability to gain separation on passes over the middle of the field.

Weems will get a look at returning kicks — something he’s done successfully in his career — now that Chris Williams is battling a hamstring injury. Williams had a 73-yard touchdown reception from Jimmy Clausen last week and looked promising, but now his future is in doubt.

I’d like to see more from Josh Morgan. He’s got decent size at 6-1, 220 pounds, not to mention good experience now in his seventh season in the league.

I don’t like any of the other receivers on the roster and if one of these men can’t adequately replace Wilson, I’d like to see the Bears examine the list of available players when final cutdowns take place later this month.