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Chicago Bears Position By Position Analysis

So I promised to review the o-line and the receivers. Here is the receivers breakdown:


Undoubtedly, these guys played a heck of a lot better than we expected, and the main guy to thank for that is Johnny Knox. Johnny definitely outperformed his 5th round draft status. For the season, Knox grabbed 45 receptions for 527 yards with 5 TD catches and a kickoff return. Not bad. Knox's production also eases the pain of the Cutler trade. Remember we received Cutler and a 5th round draft pick in return for 2 firsts, a third, and Jay. Knox was the guy we took with that 5th rounder we got back from Denver. Knox was a great find and will hopefully contribute to da Bears for years to come.

I know Devin Hester is supposed to be our number one receiver. Does anyone think he was or is? I mean, he played well, but we're still a team with a bunch of number two or three types. Don't get me wrong, that is a lot better than what was anticipated, but the reality remains. I like Hester as a receiver, and think he is developing well, however, I think we should all readjust our expectations of Devin. He can be a legit number two, and he should be returning kickoffs and punts!

After a non-existent rookie season, Earl Bennett proved he belongs on the field. Hooking up with his college QB in Jay was a godsend for the young receiver. Earl contributed 54 catches for 717 yards, 2 TDs, and a punt return.

Another big surprise was the late season emergence of Devin Aromashodu or DA. He looks to be a future starter on this team which brings about an interesting question: Who are the Bears starting two receivers going to next year? If I had to bet, I would guess Hester, just because of his contract, and DA. That being said, I don't think Bennett played his way out of the starting role, or that I don't think Knox deserves it either. In an ideal world, Hester would be moved back to strictly returning kickoffs and punt. DA and Bennett would start, with Knox getting a lot of playing time. However, I don't see that happening which is a shame.

The depth is looking good. Rashied Davis's role was greatly reduced this season, which was good as he isn't as athletically gifted as our young guys that played a lot. His experience in big games and his versatility on special teams still make him an asset. Juaquin Iglesias basically red-shirted most of the season, but he is a young, big receiver that was a relatively high draft pick. I fully expect him to be on the field at least some next season.

Next up: O-Line and Tight Ends

Adam McFadden
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