Training Camp Battles - Wide Receivers

The Bears were planning to go into camp with Devin Hester and Brandon Lloyd as their starting wide receivers.  With a hold out by Hester, Marty Booker stepped in and ran with the first team.

The Bears lack experience at the wide receiver spot.  Only Marty Booker has more than 3 years experience with meaningful playing time. What the Bears do have is a lot of speed and a ton of potential.  Hester, Bradley and Lloyd all have high end speed.  They also are carring two promising rookies.

The Bears current roster of wide receivers looks like this:

Devin Hester
Marty Booker
Brandon Lloyd
Rashied Davis
Mark Bradley
Earl Bennett
Marcus Monk
Mike Hass
Brandon Rideau

Hester, Booker, Lloyd and Bennett are probably locks at this point.  Based on OTAs the Bears have probably seen enough good out of Monk to keep him. Rashied Davis was the Bears top performer during OTAs, I'd like to see them keep him.  At least he is familiar with the play book.   I don't know how many recievers the Bears are going to run with, so Hass and Rideau are either cuts or practice squad players.  Mark Bradley is the X Factor.  The Bears seemed intent on marking him a starter going into this year, but with his latest surgery the Bears don't know when he will be ready.

Let's take a look at the numbers of those with NFL experience:

(numbers after the jump)

Devin Hester

Year Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng Y/G
2006 CHI 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 CHI 16 0 20 299 15.0 2 81 18.7
Career 32 0 20 299 15.0 2 81 9.3


Marty Booker

Year Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng Y/G
1999 CHI 9 4 19 219 11.5 3 57 24.3
2000 CHI 15 7 47 490 10.4 2 41 32.7
2001 CHI 16 16 100 1071 10.7 8 66 66.9
2002 CHI 16 16 97 1189 12.3 6 54 74.3
2003 CHI 13 13 52 715 13.8 4 61 55.0
2004 MIA 15 15 50 638 12.8 1 45 42.5
2005 MIA 15 11 39 686 17.6 3 60 45.7
2006 MIA 14 13 55 747 13.6 6 52 53.4
2007 MIA 15 15 50 556 11.1 1 26 37.1
Career 128 110 509 6311 12.4 34 66 49.3

Brandon Lloyd

Year Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng Y/G
2003 SFO 16 1 14 212 15.1 2 44 13.3
2004 SFO 13 13 43 565 13.1 6 52 43.5
2005 SFO 16 15 48 733 15.3 5 89 45.8
2006 WAS 15 12 23 365 15.9 0 52 24.3
2007 WAS 8 1 2 14 7.0 0 9 1.8
Career 68 42 130 1889 14.5 13 89 27.8


Rashied Davis

Year Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng Y/G
2005 CHI 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 CHI 16 2 22 303 13.8 2 31 18.9
2007 CHI 16 1 17 165 9.7 0 36 10.3
Career 44 3 39 468 12.0 2 36 10.6


Mark Bradley

Year Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng Y/G
2005 CHI 7 4 18 230 12.8 0 54 32.9
2006 CHI 10 0 14 282 20.1 3 75 28.2
2007 CHI 15 0 6 71 11.8 1 19 4.7
Career 32 4 38 583 15.3 4 75 18.2

Given our situation at QB and the unknown of how well the line and running backs could be, I think having Marty Booker in there would be a help to Grossman or Orton.  Hester is one of the top three most dangerous guys in this league if not #1, so we need to get the ball in his hands as often as  possible, but has he learned the position enough to give him starter reps?

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