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With Marquess Wilson out, who will be No. 3 WR?

Updated: September 7, 2014 6:38AM

BOURBONNAIS — With Marquess Wilson expected to miss at least two months after having surgery Tuesday to repair a broken right clavicle, the Bears virtually are starting at the ground floor in their search for a No. 3 wide receiver.

How big of a hit did they take?

“That remains to be seen,” wide receivers coach Mike Groh said. “Obviously, we’re all disappointed for Marquess. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do, put himself in position to have a big year.

“Fortunately, we have four games to figure it out. We’re not in any hurry to have that decision made today. Usually, those things define themselves.”

The Bears replaced Wilson on the roster by signing 6-3, 202-pound Greg Herd, a second-year receiver from Eastern Washington who was cut by the Seattle Sea-
hawks last year after suffering a shoulder injury in training camp.

That leaves a wide-open battle for the No. 3 spot. The in-house candidates don’t appear to have Wilson’s dynamic, big-play potential. Eric Weems, Chris Williams, Armanti Edwards, Micheal Spurlock and Josh Bellamy are kick returners. Josh Morgan, a six-year veteran with 199 career receptions for 2,488 yards and 11 touchdowns, is the only one with more than two NFL receptions. Morgan and Dale Moss, an Arena Football League player who joined the team last week, are the only receivers taller than 6-0.

But they have one thing in common: They all feel qualified for the job.

“I try to be a complete receiver,” said Morgan, who had 20 receptions for 214 yards and no touchdowns with the Redskins last year. “If you need me to make the big play or make the tough catch in traffic or the catch across the middle, if you watch film of me over the years, I’ve done all that.”

The 5-9, 195-pound Weems has the most experience in Marc Trestman’s offense.

“I know the system and that gives me a leg up,” said Weems, who had one reception for eight yards last season. “Knowing multiple positions, I can spread around. When one guy is tired, I can go fill that role. X, Z, F, Y — it doesn’t matter.”

Williams, a former Canadian Football League star, is only 5-8 but is an intriguing prospect because of his speed, which reportedly is in the sub-4.3 40 range. He had made an impression even before Wilson’s injury.

“I love this offense, I really do,” Williams said when asked if Trestman’s offense suits his skills. “Our science is very good. The way the offense is operated, it’s just very well done.”


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