Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson had high expectations heaped upon him last year but missed more than half the season with injuries and never panned out as the slot receiver they had intended him to be.
The Bears drafted Kevin White with the seventh overall pick this year and also signed veteran Eddie Royal to be the slot receiver, relegating Wilson to a situational player.
However, with White having yet to suit up for a game, Royal being in and out of the lineup, and No. 1 wideout Alshon Jeffery missing most of the season with a hamstring injury, Wilson has been thrust into the lineup and has heavily contributed.
Last week against the Raiders was Wilson’s coming out party, so to speak. He caught 6 passes for 80 yards despite being the fourth option in the passing game behind Martellus Bennett, Royal, and arguably Matt Forte.
This week against the Chiefs, with Royal sidelined by an ankle injury, Wilson was thrust into the number one receiver role and made the most of it. He caught another six passes for 85 yards and a score. The touchdown, a perfectly tossed ball by Jay Cutler, was also a great catch by Wilson to demonstrate his concentration in tight quarters.
I still have concerns about Wilson’s ability, so I’m not ready to anoint him the future of the Bears’ receiving corps. He still drops the ball a little too much and his thin frame leaves him susceptible to being pushed around by physical cornerbacks.
But if he continues to show improvement and doesn’t lose any of his speed any time soon, he still can have a role in the offense.
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