Bears actively shopping for No. 3 receiver options

Bears actively shopping for No. 3 receiver options
August 5, 2014, 3:15 pm
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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Wide receiver Marquess Wilson underwent surgery on Tuesday morning to fix a fractured collarbone suffered in Monday’s practice. Wilson laid out in a diving try for a long Jay Cutler pass and now is out for 6-8 weeks, according to some estimates.

In the meantime, the Bears are doing what they always do — comb waiver and free agent lists for talent. Only now it is with a heightened sense of urgency, with a signing expected within the next 48 hours, because they do not have a plethora of options on the depth chart with slot experience in particular.

“It’s no different in this situation,” said general manager Phil Emery. “We’re looking forward to seeing how the guys we have rise and compete for those spots. But we’ll also look outside to see who’s available to help us win games.”

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One problem with the existing roster is that Eric Weems, while having a strong camp and now the No. 3, is undersized and with only three catches over the past two Bears seasons and 27 for his career.

And Josh Morgan, the most experienced option on the depth chart, with 199 career catches, has been playing exclusively at outside-receiver spots and not in Wilson’s position.

“With the loss [of Wilson] we’re going to have to pick up a ‘slot’ there, so we’ll be working on that as we move along,” Trestman said. “And the competition with who’s involved right now will continue.”