We've spent plenty of time debating the Chicago Bears' receiving corps, but it's time we heard from a third party with some true football expertise. In this Insider piece, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. comes down squarely on the side of the receivers, writing: "I honestly feel the Bears are fine at wide receiver."
But the big plays will come from Hester and Knox. They are exactly what Martz looks for in his fast-paced "Greatest Show on Turf" offense. Both are fluid and explosive with tremendous speed. Hester in particular is exceptional after the catch, but Knox is the one whom I expect to rise to the head of the class. Remember, as impressive as Knox was in his rookie season, he was adapting to the NFL from a tiny college football program, Abilene Christian. Expect Knox's numbers to increase dramatically in Year 2.
My point all along is that the Bears don't have the No. 1-type receiver who consistently demands double teams. Defenses will have more options against Hester and Knox than they would if, say, a mid-decade Isaac Bruce were also among the group. But as they say, that's why they play the games.