Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/18/13
In the Chicago Bears receiving corps, it’s Brandon Marshall, and just a bunch of guys. On the other side in the secondary, it’s Pro-Bowlers everywhere. Charles Peanut Tillman is a pro’s pro. He gets it done on the field and just snatches the ball away from opponents. Like John Madden once hilariously and infamously said of Peanut “he’s the best stripper in football.” Indeed. Chicago Bears WR/TE From TSB’s Jeffrey Hicks: Alshon Jeffery could very well be the key on offense for the Chicago Bears. The second year wide receiver is expected to line up opposite Brandon Marshall and take the next step in his progression as a No. 2 receiver. Camp Trestman ended with Jeffery earning praise from Marshall, as well as first year head coach Marc Trestman. Jeffery also arrived to camp in great shape after dealing with multiple injuries in his 2012 rookie campaign. If those injury issues fall by the wayside, Chicago could become an offensive threat through the air. (read the whole Alshon Jeffrey piece here) With Brandon Marshall opposite Jeffery, and new tight end Martellus Bennett working in between them, much-maligned quarterback Jay Cutler will spend less time on his back. At least that’s the plan. Bennett is a weird guy; into unicorns and dinosaurs. And he sounds tripped out in interviews, man! But he’s also great at his job, and gives the Chicago Bears their best TE receiving option since G Reg from the 7th Floor Crew. From our TSB piece on Martellus Bennett: “I mean, unicorns are cool. But I prefer dinosaurs, honestly. One day, I had black tights on and I was running down the field and I just felt like a unicorn. I didn’t feel like a horse. I felt like a unicorn. So I just say the Black Unicorn. There was nothing special about it. It was just spur of the moment. I like it, though. I like the nickname. It’s like the Black Mamba for Kobe (Bryant). The Black Unicorn. It’s magical. I enjoy magic. I’m a Harry Potter fan.” Read the rest of Helen Sallinger’s piece here. You know what you get with Brandon Marshall, a game changer, the guy who opposing secondaries have to game plan around. If B Marsh gets 1,000 yards receiving this year, he’ll become only the third Bear ever to do it twice in his career. Marty Booker and Curtis Conway are the others. Marshall is also the ONLY player whose interviews I look forward to. He’s the one guy who’s funny and engaging, not shop-worn and predictable cliches like everyone else. Marshall has a future in broadcasting when his playing days are over. Cutler obviously has a rapport with Marshall, from his previous playing experience with him in Denver. He has a similar rapport and trust with Earl Bennett, who also went to Vanderbilt. And we know much Jay CARES ABOUT YOU IF YOU WENT TO VANDERBILT. Anyways, Bennett’s concussion is still lingering, so we won’t see him for a bit. And we need to see if can add another vertical element to the passing game. Martysaurus Rex and B Marsh can go deep already, but it would help if Earl added a dimension of a guy who specializes in that. Devin Hester is out of the mix because he’s too dumb to even line up right. I’m not making a joke, he’s literally too stupid to learn a true position inside and out. This was an issue when was he was recruited; it’s an issue that dropped his draft stock. He’s just basically Forrest Gump: RUN! STOP! Chicago Bears DBs We’ve covered Peanut. And don’t you love Peanuts when they’re covered in chocolate? Unfortunately, we didn’t use chocolate in our coverage. The opposite corner is also a Pro Bowler in Tim Jennings who led the NFL in interceptions. Obviously, he had a very opportunistic, over-achieving year last season. The two starting safeties are Major Wright and Chris Conte. I still have very little respect for Conte- given his George W. Bush like “you’re with us, or your against us” bit last year when the wheels came off the Chicago Bears season. Like Yoda said, “only a Sith deals in absolutes.” Maybe CB Sherrick McManis can step up and play now that the nickelback Kelvin Hayden is out for the season? Subbing a Northwestern guy for an Illini perhaps? No, not so much. The Bears signed Demontre Hurst after Hayden went down. However, Isaiah Frey and Zack Bowman will get much more play time priority than Hurst or McManis. For Chicago Bears RB/LB For Chicago Bears OL/DL For Chicago Bears QB/ST/overview/predictions Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) The post 2013 Chicago Bears season preview WR/TE/DB appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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