Bears backup receivers step up in big way

If you were watching the Bears game on Sunday and needed a program to keep track of who was catching passes at wide receiver, don’t worry … so did Jay Cutler.

The Bears quarterback had a mostly brand new wide receiver corps, but made do with it in beating the Kansas City Chiefs, 18-17, for their second straight win.

Third-year pro Marquess Wilson led the way for the Bears with six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, followed by Josh Bellamy, who also caught six passes for 31 yards. Undrafted rookie Cameron Meredith, a converted college quarterback, caught four passes for 52 yards. To complicate matters more for Cutler, tight end Martellus Bennett was taken out of the game by the Chiefs defense early on, leaving Cutler with a myriad of unproven targets.

But the trio of young Bears receivers stepped up and contributed in a big way and helped lead the Bears to an improbable victory.

With Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal slated to come back to action any time now, and Kevin White waiting in the wings, it would be simply a luxury if any one of the aforementioned youngsters could continue to develop into a fourth option.

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