Marquess Wilson steps up, shows promise in Jeffery’s absence

Last season, Bears receiver Marquess Wilson was supposed to be the third receiver to complement the dynamic duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. But Wilson got hurt early in the season and missed quite a bit of time and never panned out as expected.

With Jeffery sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Wilson had an opportunity to step up and make some plays in the number one wideout’s absence, and that’s exactly what he did.

Wilson caught six passes for 80 yards including one for 35 yards in the first quarter. But perhaps his most important catch was on the final drive of the game when Cutler hit him for a nine-yard gain down the sideline in which Wilson hauled in the pass, got both feet down, and maintained control of the ball — through the “process of the catch” — as he landed hard on the ground.

Wilson had a few drops in the game and was far from perfect, but he’s also playing a role he was never intended to play. Both Jeffery and rookie Kevin White — when healthy — claim the top two spots with veteran Eddie Royal as the number three. Wilson could develop into a solid slot receiver in four-wide sets if the Bears choose to groom him that way.

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