Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/11/13
Brandon Marshall When the Chicago Bears went out and traded for Brandon Marshall last year, perhaps nobody was happier than quarterback Jay Cutler.  The two close friends played together in Denver and have a strong relationship both on and off the field.  Marshall instantly became Cutler’s top target as he caught a team-leading 118 balls for 1,508 yards in 2012.  He also added 11 touchdowns.  The next closest wide-receiver was Earl Bennett with 29 receptions and 375 yards.  Marshall cannot continue to catch every ball that Cutler throws.  He will continue to receive double and even triple coverage if none of the other Bears’ receivers step up this year. Last year’s second round draft pick, Alshon Jeffery, is the most likely to start opposite of Marshall in 2013.  Jeffery played well last year when he was in the lineup, but he was bothered by a broken hand and a sore knee that limited him to just ten games.  He did have 367 yards and three touchdowns in his limited playing time though.  At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Jeffery is a big receiver who has the ability to control some of the smaller cornerbacks in the league, similarly to the way Marshall does.  Look for Jeffery to have a productive season alongside Marshall, as he will receive plenty of attention from opposing defenses. The big addition to the Bears’ offense this year is former New York Giants’ tight-end Martellus Bennett.  Bennett, not to be confused with wide-receiver Earl Bennett, emerged last season as one of the better tight-ends in the league as he reeled in 55 balls for 626 yards and five touchdowns.  He will be a strong upgrade from Kellen Davis, who seemingly dropped every ball that came his way last year – Davis was released by Chicago and signed with the Cleveland Browns.  Bennett will be able to run seam routes through the middle of the field which will cause the safeties to bite to the middle.  If ran effective, it will open the outside for Marshall and Jeffery, which is something that Davis was unable to do. Earl Bennett is likely to work the slot this year as Devin Hester will be focusing solely on kick returns and possibly punt returns.  Hester may work his way onto the field for some offense, but he will be used scarcely.  And we cannot forget about Matt Forte, who is one of the better pass-catching running-backs in the league. The Bears continue to add pieces to help out quarterback Jay Cutler.  Martellus Bennett is the latest piece to the puzzle.  With him inside and Marshall and Jeffery on the outside, Chicago will have some of the bigger and stronger receivers and tight-ends in the league. Brandon Marshall Stats YearRecYdsAvgTD 20121181,50812.811 Projected '131121,42612.710 Related Articles Chicago Bears season outlook: Runningbacks Chicago Bears season outlook: Quarterbacks
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jim Fassel takes issue with Cam Newton's warmup MVP cleats

Report: NFL upholds Vontaze Burfict’s three-game suspension

NFL owners reportedly concerned with Raiders-gang connections in LA

T'Wolves getting calls about Rubio ahead of trade deadline

Jarryd Hayne wants to return to NFL

Jones: I ‘scream in my pillow’ being at Super Bowl, not in it

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Phil Jackson reportedly does not have opt-out until 2017

Byron Scott: D’Angelo Russell’s immaturity ‘at times’ a problem

Kevin Love: Shoulder injury ‘just a stinger’

Nets’ Joe Johnson would ‘welcome’ a trade

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Eight most potentially combustible MLB clubhouses

Matt Barnes coyly denies IG post was shot at Derek Fisher

NHLers who should be dealt to contenders before deadline

Robert Kraft compares Tom Brady to Peyton, Eli Manning

WATCH: Markieff Morris appears to flip the bird to heckler

Prediction for each NBA award heading into the All-Star Break

Did Clippers reenact Paul Pierce stabbing during pregame intros?

Kobe Bryant gives LeBron James his game-worn Kobe 11s

Terrell Owens tells Skip Bayless to stop ‘misinforming’ people

8-year-old Panthers fan writes adorable letter to Cam Newton

Donovan McNabb: I did not throw up during Super Bowl loss

Seven teams that must target a quarterback in 2016 NFL draft

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker