The state of the competition for the No. 3 wide receiver job has been an issue since the end of last season, spiking up even more when Marquess Wilson suffered his broken collarbone in training camp. It takes on some interesting twists in Cleveland.
Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall will not play on Thursday. How much playing time veterans like Santonio Holmes and Josh Morgan get remains to be seen but one scenario floated was for them to be the starting wide receivers, with a purpose.
The Bears are expected to need six wideouts among the final 53 players in order to staff up until Wilson returns from his broken collarbone. But Holmes is a known quantity and Morgan’s eight catches are second only to Marshall and Morgan’s 125 receiving yards lead the Bears.
“I think he’s came on the last couple of weeks,” quarterback Jay Cutler said. “He had a big catch in the game. It just takes time for some of these guys of going through practice and getting into different situations.”
A significant unknown is Chris Williams, who has a 73-yard TD catch this preseason but has to make the roster with impact plays as a returner in order to justify one of roster spots for wide receiver. Williams, a standout returner in the CFL, has yet to return a kick because of a hamstring strain suffered in the win over Philadelphia.