Chicago Bears Wide Receivers Not Given Enough Credit
More than not I see a lot of comments saying that Jay Cutler has no one to throw to. This really makes me angry. Yes, the Bears don’t have a lights out receiver, but their receivers aren’t that terrible.
The Bears’ first string WR is Devin Hester, a return man turned WR. At first I didn’t agree with the change, but now that the Bears have committed him to at the WR position, Hester has shown a lot of improvement. He is a big threat downfield, and even more now because he has a QB that can hit him farther down the field.
The Bears also have one of the greatest route-running and receiving tight ends in the game today. Greg Olsen has produced great numbers throughout his tenure with the Bears. He has seven career TDs and his receptions increase every year. He was a great pick in the 2007 draft and his numbers will only improve.
Matt Forte is one of the great all-around running backs in the game. He can run, catch, and block. What a gem from the second round. His catching abilities are one of his greatest assets. He can be counted on to get that extra yard or block that blitzing corner back. Forte is one of the best athlete in the league.
And how can we forget Desmond Clark? He might not produce amazing numbers, but he can be counted on every time his number is called. He is also a great blocking tight end. Clark is the veteran every team should have.
Rookie WR Juaqin Iglesias will need a few years to transition to the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make an impact this year. He is a sure-handed WR who can run routes very well. Look for him to be a sleeper, as soon as this season.
So I don’t want to hear how the Bears don’t have any good receivers. The offense is a great one that can produce touchdowns. The defense, in fact, needs to be tweaked more than the offense. I am glad Lovie is back to calling the plays and with all of the potential that this team possesses, It seems like it will be an interesting Chicago Bears season in 2009.
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