Bears rookie Marquess Wilson hopes to make most of ‘second chance’
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com May 11, 2013 9:16PM
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:29PM
Coach Marc Trestman said receiver Marquess Wilson started rookie minicamp at “zero.” He meant it in a good way when talking about a player who walked out on his college team.
“He’s been great,” Trestman said. “He started at zero here with everything. We’ve talked it through. We know all the issues, which are very minimal.
“He’s a young guy, and he’s moved forward. We’re evaluating him here starting when he arrived [Friday], and we’ll continue to watch him and try to help him grow as a person as well as a player.”
Wilson, a seventh-round pick, is looking at everything as a fresh start. He was a productive receiver at Washington State — he’s the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,207) — but he left after nine games in 2012 because of alleged mental and physical abuse by coach Mike Leach and his staff.
“It’s a second chance,” Wilson said. “It’s just good to have great people around you who motivate you and get you to work at your top performance.”
Wilson knows he has a chance with the Bears because they are relatively thin at his position. Trestman said he plans to have 11 receivers in training camp.
Wilson is 20 and has room to grow physically. Trestman said a few months with the Bears’ staff will help. Trestman also has been impressed by what he has seen from Wilson.
“He stepped up [Saturday] and was a little more involved,” Trestman said. “He had his feet underneath him, had a little more balance and you could see his movement and his skill level certainly.”
Wilson called Trestman’s offense “fantastic.”
“[Trestman is] a great motivator, and he knows what he wants and how he wants it done,” Wilson said. “Just seeing how he’s having fun out here when we make a play motivates us more to be great.”
The Bears spent most of the first two days of rookie camp focusing on special teams because, as Trestman said, “that’s their No. 1 opportunity to make the team.”
Running back Michael Ford, who signed as a rookie free agent, has stood out. He starred as a kick returner at LSU last season.
“He was one of those guys that we targeted, and we’re glad to have him,” special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said. “He’s hard to knock off his feet. He’s really going to bring some competition to that position.”
Jimmy Coy, a quarterback from St. Xavier (NAIA) and Maine South, is one of the 33 tryout players at rookie camp.
Getting a chance to work with a quarterback guru such as Trestman has been “a great opportunity,” Coy said.
“I’m just learning as much as I can,” Coy, 24, said. “I’m trying to soak as much in as I can in three days. I’ll see where things go from there and take it in stride.”