Posted by Andy Benoit
Brad Briggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears depth chart is listing Devin Hester and Johnny Knox as the starting wide receivers. This comes as no surprise.
It is worth noting, however, that when Mike Martz first joined the Bears coaching staff, he said that Hester was better equipped to be a No. 3 receiver and work out of the slot. Head coach Lovie Smith quickly vetoed that, saying, basically, that it’s important the Bears involve their most explosive weapon as much as possible. Smith’s position obviously hasn’t wavered.
Popular as Hester is, Knox is the more intriguing of the two. His speed and startling change-of-direction quickness should make him a fantastic fit in Martz’s downfield-oriented offense. Knox, a fifth-round pick a year ago, isn’t a true No. 1 at this point, but expect that to change by Halloween or sooner.
Those who follow the Bears closely continue to be perplexed by the limitations placed on wideout Devin Aromashodu. The 26-year-old journeyman is fast enough to stretch the field and acrobatically plays beyond his 6’2” size when the ball’s in the air.
Yet, Aromashodu, who has played well the past few days with Hester nursing a groin injury, remains stuck on the second string. At least he’s finally ahead of plodding possession receiver Earl Bennett. Bears Rapid Reporter Gene Chamberlain says that because Bennett has battled injuries for much of the offseason, he’ll likely end up competing with last year’s third-round pick, Juaquin Iglesias, for the No. 4 job.
One other note regarding Chicago’s depth chart: veteran Roberto Garza appears to be moving to left guard. In Garza’s place at right guard is former tight end Lance Louis. This means that Josh Beekman is a second-stringer (a scenario Bears coaches have ostensibly been wanting for a while now).
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