Let’s hope Jerry Angelo was lying. But in a story on the Bears house organ, ChicagoBears.com, Angelo says that the Bears receivers have impressed him at rookie minicamp.
Really? Late-round picks at wide receiver rarely turn out well for the Bears. I have a feeling that quarterback Jay Cutler’s going to wish he had some real stud receivers to throw to this year.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m predicting a 10-6 finish and a playoff appearance for the Bears this year. But I’m not convinced that any of the receivers currently on the Bears roster are going to make defenders take notice. The best receivers on the team are still Greg Olsen and Desmond Clar, both of whom are tight ends. They both happen to be pretty good receivers, but they’re not the speed burners on the outside that teams really fear.
The hope, of course, is that Devin Hester shows further development as a speed receiver this year. But last year, his greatest talent seemed to be drawing the pass-interference penalty. That was with Kyle Orton’s weak arm, though. Maybe with Cutler Hester can become a weapon.
I don’t know, though. I think this offense will be much improved this year. But I still don’t expect it to be one that strikes fear into the hearts of opponents.