When I look at the 2014 defense on paper, it is hard not to get excited about a possible return to a hard-nosed, “Monsters of the Midway” style of play. Willie Young, Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen, along with the likes of Jeremiah Ratliff and Stephen Paea, will form a defensive line that will attempt to bring back the intensity that has been missing for a while, and both the free agent and draft additions will definitely help in that department as well.
Chicago Bears uncertain with WRs past Marshall, Jeffery
The other side of the ball was lights out last season, but a logjam is forming at the wide receiver position with six guys gunning for a spot on the depth chart. The top two spots in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are obviously locks for a long time, and Marquess Wilson seems to be the frontrunner for the third spot. After that, however, things get a little tricky. Five other guys (Josh Bellamy, Terrence Toliver, Chris Williams, Eric Weems and Josh Morgan) are seeking a spot either as a returner or a wideout.
Williams has the best shot out of those five to make the squad as a return man, with the possibility of making an impact as a receiver in the slot. There is talk that Morgan could follow in the footsteps of Earl Bennett as a third-down specialist, and Weems will have an uphill battle to show he belongs on the return team.
While those guys look to be in the fold for at least a shot on special teams, the first two guys in that list might not be so lucky.
Bellamy was claimed off waivers from the Washington Redskins in April, and he did not see much time there as he only appeared in five games with no catches. The undrafted journeyman has played for three teams (Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Washington) before ending up with the Bears. While with the Chiefs, he had a less than stellar return line — five kickoffs for 101 yards for an average of 20.2 yards.
Getting rid of Bellamy would not be much of a burden on the Bears’ shoulders, as he is not guaranteed any money heading into this year. Toliver would be another low-risk cut, since the same situation applies to him as well — no guaranteed money. While this is all speculation, any of these guys can make an impact on this team whether they actually make it or not.