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Marc Trestman: Marquess Wilson will “compete” for third receiver role

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Say this for the Bears: they get their top receivers the ball. Star wideouts Brandon Marshall (163) and Alshon Jeffery (150) were two of the 11 most-targeted players in 2013, per NFL statistics.

The Bears’ third-most targeted wide receiver — Earl Bennett — was released by Chicago this week, opening up a role in the club’s potent passing offense.

Second-year pro Marquess Wilson is one of the primary candidates to take some of the reps that once went to Bennett. And in a story published Sunday by the Chicago Tribune, Trestman indicated Wilson has shown some promise early in his pro career.

“I think he showed that we can work with him and develop him. He’s got the football intelligence that we’re looking for and the ability to be flexible within the offense,” Trestman told the Tribune‘s Brad Biggs. “He was consistent. So we’ll see how it goes. We’re not anointing people at this point in time. He’s going to have a chance to compete and be a part of what we do after Alshon and Brandon (Marshall).”

Bennett was targeted just 43 times in 2013, so even if Wilson wins the third receiver job, he might only see a few targets per contest. Nevertheless, an increased role would be a good sign for his future in Chicago. Marshall, it should be noted, is slated to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season, while Jeffery’s contract is up after 2015.

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30 Responses to “Marc Trestman: Marquess Wilson will “compete” for third receiver role”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 23, 2014 3:15 PM

    Jerome Simpson is a better 3rd receiver than any of your teams.

    #Skol

  2. vegasbearfan says: Mar 23, 2014 3:25 PM

    We will have the best receivers in the NFL this year and with Martellis TE – WOW

  3. amishninjas says: Mar 23, 2014 3:34 PM

    On 43 targets Martellus Bennett had more rec yards than Jerome Simpson had as Minnesota’s number 2.

    Marshall and Alshon had more TD’s than all of Minnesota’s receivers combined.

    #skol?

  4. fnc111 says: Mar 23, 2014 3:37 PM

    Marshall will sign with the Patriots after this season.

  5. dobe420 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:21 PM

    Those 43 targets was for Earl not Martellus, I think he had close to 60 catches

  6. mianfr says: Mar 23, 2014 4:23 PM

    He was a superstar in college and fell in the draft for knucklehead reasons… The Bears offense is going to be more than good, it’s the fact they have to play defense that’s holding them back.

  7. mianfr says: Mar 23, 2014 4:23 PM

    He was a superstar in college and fell in the draft for knucklehead reasons… The Bears offense is going to be more than good, it’s the fact they have to play defense that’s holding them back.

  8. larryboodry says: Mar 23, 2014 4:35 PM

    I’m sure Emery will do whatever it takes to Keep Marshall around after 2014, and Jeffery after 2015.

    Unlike Angelo, who would have traded them away by now.

    As for Wilson, I believe he will anoint himself as the third WR with his play during the off-season.

  9. jimmycrackcorn99 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:50 PM

    Wilson is young (only 21) and is being groomed by two excellent receivers. There is no doubt that he has huge potential, especially when defenses double team Marshall or Jeffery. Personally I would love to see the Bears integrate TE M Bennett even more into the offense. I know he had a great season, but he’s capable of 80-90 receptions per season.

  10. peppylapeu says: Mar 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    Getting Briggs and his fat contract off the books will cover Marshall’s contract for 2015…

  11. phuley says: Mar 23, 2014 5:18 PM

    Why won’t the Bears sign Jason Avant?

  12. mialto says: Mar 23, 2014 5:21 PM

    #10 is going to be a real threat WR in 2014

    To 2014 Opponents,
    Good luck covering #83, 17, 15, 22 LOL!

    To Bears Defense,
    Sundays are Men’s days [Trestman], NFL Players, time to pucker up and win a Championship!

    To Emery,
    Excellent progress thus far. Let’s make sure that Defense has everything they need to be a top 10, sky is the limit. Offense is going to redefine “The Greatest Show on Turf”.

  13. windycityjunkie says: Mar 23, 2014 6:16 PM

    I have faith in Wilson but Hixon, Williams, and Anderson won’t just lay down and concede defeat. It feels good to actually have an intriguing position battle on offense for once.

  14. midwayroar54 says: Mar 23, 2014 6:20 PM

    man o man I cannot wait any longer for the season I pray Wilson breaks out for us as well and no doubt it can happen getting trained by the best! DAA BEARSS!!

  15. windycityjunkie says: Mar 23, 2014 6:27 PM

    Also Fendi is working out with Alshon And Brandon in FL. If he develops a serviceable pair of hands with his freakish athleticism the whole NFL better be aware of our dbl TE set

  16. zo121179 says: Mar 23, 2014 6:28 PM

    Still don’t have a running back that can run between the tackles or punch it in from 2 yards out.

  17. tongsareinyourseatback says: Mar 23, 2014 6:40 PM

    It doesn’t matter how many great WR’s you have… as long as Jay Cutler is your QB you won’t win a championship. You won’t admit it, but you know McCown should have remained your starter last season after Cutler was cleared to play.

  18. htown995 says: Mar 23, 2014 7:19 PM

    It doesnt matter what the bears do as long as they have jay cutler as qb they will never win the big game he makes to many mistakes int,fumbles, & locks onto a receiver to long

  19. htown995 says: Mar 23, 2014 7:21 PM

    If yall want to be a winner become a packer fan they have a franchise qb a heck of a lot better than cutler

  20. dabears2485 says: Mar 23, 2014 7:30 PM

    Best receivers, a top 10 TE, and a top five RB….if the defense is even halfway back to normal, look out NFC.

  21. phuley says: Mar 23, 2014 7:42 PM

    Cutler needs to remain healthy & they need Jared Allen & Jason Avant. With what they have They can win it all if Allen & Avant added to the mix

  22. htown995 says: Mar 23, 2014 8:04 PM

    This is how smart thebears are paying cutler $22.5 millionnext season r u on crack hes a bum

  23. wnstonchill says: Mar 23, 2014 10:04 PM

    Wilson should’ve seen more of the field last season! His speed will stretch defenses. They should be a year ahead with this guy!

  24. dobe420 says: Mar 23, 2014 11:55 PM

    mialto says:
    Mar 23, 2014 5:21 PM
    #10 is going to be a real threat WR in 2014

    To 2014 Opponents,
    Good luck covering #83, 17, 15, 22 LOL!

    I all about confendence but we all should try to be a little more humble. We are lucky that Trestman brought what other NFL teams call an offense.

    But the truth is of all our weapons only two of them have more than just a year or two of success to be talk up in such a matter. Let’s just be glad we have an offense guy that can help these other players reach their respected ceilings as Lovie did for his defense players.

  25. rextraordinaire says: Mar 24, 2014 12:19 AM

    I’d hope so, because outside of him, Alshon and Brandon, there aren’t any true wideouts on that team.

    Everyone else is more of a special teams guy than someone out want out there on half of the offensive snaps. Weems might handle it, but he turned down a pay cut. If he hasn’t been cut already, he soon will.

  26. rythestunner says: Mar 24, 2014 7:41 AM

    @vegasbearsfan -EARL Bennett had 43 targets, not Marcellus.

  27. rythestunner says: Mar 24, 2014 7:42 AM

    *Martellus

  28. southsidetommy says: Mar 24, 2014 9:22 AM

    zo121179 says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:28 PM

    Still don’t have a running back that can run between the tackles or punch it in from 2 yards out.

    You can find a guy like that off the street or get an undrafted rookie to perform that task.

  29. ghostof34 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:04 AM

    zo121179 says:
    Mar 23, 2014 6:28 PM

    “Still don’t have a running back that can run between the tackles or punch it in from 2 yards out.”

    Really? You are going to bring up the Lovie Smith offense the “Marching Field Goal Offense” those offenses could not score…Forte can run between the tackles, he did it all year. Lovie’s dumb hires at OC wouldn’t let him. Took the best back on the team off the field on third downs? He’s a top 3 all around back behind Shady McCoy and Jamal Charles…the numbers back it up. So does 4.6 yards/carry last year. You assume what?? 4.6 yards per carry was all on what, sweeps? They were number 2 in scoring offense last year…offense wasn’t the problem and shouldn’t be the focus this offseason, let alone finding some bum who can punch it in from two yards out. Forte can rush that in, or throw a quick slant to Alshon, or back shoulder to Marshall at the pylon to Marshall…these days 3 yards and a cloud of dust doesn’t apply.

  30. bomba213 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:19 PM

    If any of you were at bears training camp last year like I was you would have realized they have had the wrong wr3 on the field all last season. Just wait and see what this kid can do. When you see a rookie make a blind backwards catch in the air with a defender on is back and come down with the ball thats talent.

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