Receiver Marquess Wilson produced the longest play from scrimmage in the Bears’ preseason opener Friday night, catching a pass across the middle and turning into a 58-yard gain.
But to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, the rookie seventh-round pick from Washington State must become more consistent with his play on special teams.
“He’s shown he can do it and then he’ll fall off and then we’ll have to pick him up again,” coach Marc Trestman said Sunday after practice. “He’s got to understand it’s so important for him to be a special teams player for us if he becomes a fourth or fifth wide receiver and he is competing to be a fourth or fifth wide receiver.
“You can see what Joe Anderson and Eric Weems do for us. That’s part of the job for a receiver that is not one of the top three. He’s got to be an active special teams player and give us the kind of play that Joe and Eric give us on special teams at this point.”
Wilson, who did not play on special teams at Washington State, has taken reps at gunner on the punt coverage team as well as on the kickoff return squad this summer.
“He’s just starting to understand the importance [of special teams],” Trestman said. “I have seen him out there and when he’s active and when he’s focused he shows that he has the ability to do it.
“He’s a young player. He’s probably never done it before, but he’s got to recognize how important it is because of where he would be on the roster presently to make special teams a priority as all the guys who are looking for roster spots who are not starters. We talk about that every day and I think it’s become clearer to him now and I think we’re going to see more because he’s shown flashes of it in practice.”
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