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Wilson enjoying impressive preseason

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 29, 2013 – 12:43 pm

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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Wilson needs to be more consistent

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 11, 2013 – 6:30 pm

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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