It’s unclear whether receiver Marquess Wilson will earn a spot on the Bears’ 53-man roster, but the rookie seventh-round draft pick is in contention thanks to a strong preseason.
“Marquess has shown up in games and he knows coming in here that he had to do everything right to have a chance to make the team and he’s done a lot of things right,” said offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. “He’s made plays in games, he’s made plays in practice, and consistency for a young guy is the biggest part.”
Through three preseason games, Wilson leads Bears receivers with 96 yards on five receptions, including an impressive 58-yard catch-and-run against the Carolina Panthers.
“He does know what to do,” said quarterback Jay Cutler. “I think things come very naturally to him as a player, as a receiver. He needs to get a little bit stronger, little more assertive and that’s just going to come with more experience with him being out there and going through things.
“Whenever we throw him the ball, he catches it, and that’s what you want to see in a receiver. So we’ll steadily bring him along and he’ll be a contributor for us.”
Wilson is listed third on the depth chart at one receiver position behind Brandon Marshall and Earl Bennett. Bennett was expected to be the team’s third wideout behind Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but the fourth-year pro has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with a concussion.
Other receivers competing for backup positions include Joe Anderson and Eric Weems, both of whom contribute more on special teams than Wilson.
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