Wide receiver: Bears keep Marquess Wilson, go with six WRs

Wide receiver: Bears keep Marquess Wilson, go with six WRs
August 30, 2014, 3:45 pm
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This was the most intriguing roster situation coming into and out of the Cleveland game, with the Marquess Wilson injury situation creating unknowns as far as Bears strategy. Wilson was among those retained on the initial 53-man roster as the Bears opted for six wide receivers.

The roster:

Starters: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall
Depth: Santonio Holmes, Josh Morgan, Michael Spurlock, Marquess Wilson

The cuts: Josh Bellamy, Armanti Edwards, Dale Moss, Chris Williams.

The thinking: Chris Williams was the hoped-for replacement for Devin Hester in the return game but did not distinguish himself as either a receiver or returner. Williams did manage a 29-yard kickoff return against Cleveland but also juggled away a kick in the end zone and opted for a touchback. He caught two passes but beyond his 73-yard TD catch-and-run against Philadelphia, Williams did not distinguish himself in any area, with reduced opportunities because of the hamstring injury suffered on that 73-yard play.

Holmes established himself in less than two weeks, proved that he is back from injuries that plagued him in recent seasons and delivered impact plays both catching passes and returning punts.

Bellamy and Williams are eligible for the practice squad and rate as good prospects to retain for development and emergency call-up.

Complete roster breakdown:

-Running backs
-Wide receivers
-Tight ends
-Offensive line
-Defensive line