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Staying on the field critical to WR Bradley

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No word yet on whether wide receiver Mark Bradley will be ready to go when the Bears hit the practice fields for the first time Wednesday.

Bradley missed the bulk of the offseason program after tweaking his right knee in voluntary workouts leading to arthroscopic surgery in May.

At the time, the club announced he was questionable for the start of training camp. For his part, Bradley vowed he would be ready when things kicked off. It's fair to say it is important for Bradley to be involved early. He was essentially handed a starting job after Bernard Berrian set sail for Minnesota in free agency and Muhsin Muhammad was released. But after making just six receptions last season, and really being only marginally involved because of injuries since his rookie season in 2005, Bradley doesn't have much room for error.

Say what you want about the Bears' lack of a true No. 1 receiver, but the one thing they don't lack is bodies anxious for an opportunity. Marty Booker, Devin Hester, Brandon Lloyd and Rashied Davis make up your top four, put them in whatever order you wish. Then you have Bradley, third-round pick Earl Bennett, Mike Hass, Brandon Rideau and Marcus Monk.

So, you get the picture. The only thing is clear is that Bradley, with a history of injuries to both knees, is going to need to stay on the field.

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Bradley is a huge question Mark (no pun intended). Brilliant at times, a potential true game breaker if healthy. But alas, the Bears will not have to just count on Bradley. The Bears will face many 8 man fronts to start the year, which means many opportunites for big plays to wideouts, slot receivers and to tight ends being one on one in coverage, with possible mismatches.

Hester had almost 300 yards receiving last year with the majority of the yards in the last 4 games. With three times the touches that he had last year, Hester could reach 1,000 yards. Booker will be the move the chains type receiver, who blocks well. All teams need a go to guy to get the first downs.

That leaves Davis who is pretty clutch in pressure situations like the win over Minnesota and Seattle in the superbowl year and it leaves Brandon Lloyd who has talent but has also been a flake with crockodile arms across the middle at times. Who knows maybe Brandon Lloyd will step up and utilize his talent and become an exceptional go to reciever.

Last but certainly not least are the two maybe three tightends. They to can move the chains and be counted on in the clutch. The Bears wide recievers are unknown but I think they will surprise and the team will be in the top 15 in passing yards as they were last year. With a decent passing game the 8 man fronts will disappear and the bus will return so the Bears so they can get off the bus running.

Go Bears!!!!

I like Mark Bradley, when on the field, Bradley certainly has shown the ability to be a playmaker. Take the last 2 seasons, yeah, only 20 catches, but 4 touchdowns, thats a td every 5 touches!! In the end although, I think if Bradley is still injured during camp, it might be time to part ways. I myself, would like to see what Mike Hass has got to offer. I know Hass has got great hands, the guy won the Biletnikoff while at Oregon st. I think a lot of the problems with the Bear receivers is, they try to make a play, then in the process, do not even catch the ball. If the Bear receivers would simply hold onto the ball, this alone would help the Bears offense sustain drives, and move the ball more effectively. Like I said, JUST CATCH THE BALL, I think Mike Hass could do this effectively for the Bears. I also think Earl Bennett is going to develop into a nice receiver for the Bears, anyone who can catch 236 balls [an SEC record], inside of just three seasons, on top of this do it in the SEC, can't be that bad. I think Booker is going to help more than a lot of people think also GO BEARS!!

Bradley will be gone in a year. Too fragile. Hester will never be a competent receiver. Too stupid.

Well duh. Of course a player needs to stay on the field to make an impact. Somebody on that list better step up and make plays or else the Bears offense will be pathetic again. Davis and Hester have the best chance to be the difference makers at WR. Lloyd is the darkhorse.

No question that Mark Bradley is as physically talented as any receiver the Bears have put on the field in my lifetime, but that isn't enough. I was at the game in Detroit where he tore his nknee up, and he was at least one gear faster than any other player in the secondary in that first half. I hope he gets healthy, because I have zero confidence in Brandon Lloyd suddenly remembering what how to come up big in game situations, and Marty Booker, Hester, and Davis does not inspire much. We need players who can threaten the defense, and outside of Hester, we don't have any. Bradley can do that, and hopefully when he does, the QB won't stare him down and bring the safety over the top to get more INTs. He just needs to stay upright and off the injury list

If Bradley is not ready he should be released. The Bears have a recent history of waiting too long and releasing the wrong player. After 6 years of nothing they have waited on Grossman and in my opinion the only difference between Grossman and a rookie [Hill or Hanie] is the time served Grossman IS NOT A NFL QUARTERBACK only a distraction who is taking snaps from Orton,Hanie and Hill. Bradley has had minimal time on the field it time to cut bait on the 3 yrs of potential and focus on the Rideau's, Haas's and Bennets of the world IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON this situation has and is STAGNANT.

Bradley will be gone in a year. Too fragile. Hester will never be a competent receiver. Too stupid.


Gee Dave, two things....

(1) Bradley probably will be gone by the end of August(odds are high he gets hurt again)

(2) The schtick about Hesters IQ is redundant now. It doesn't matter really, book smarts or street smarts, the facts are that Hester knows what to do with the ball in his hands and he has shown more then enough in last years "tryout" to have plenty to offer as a WR....

He just needs the reps..... Crap, have the QB draw the play in the dirt like we all did as kids growing up, just tell where to go and throw the ball and all will be good. CB's and safety's won't beable to cover him effectively everytime.

I like Bradley alot - one of the best I have seen in years. Healthy? I would give him the year, heck it wouldn't hurt, like KJ he's a good deal in the background. If he is healthy even the last part of the year he'll be worth it for the playoffs, he's that good, and if he is injured the first half that just gives someone else to show what they have early.
I feel we do have a nice group of WR - Bradley would be N0. 1 if healthy so that says alot, w/o Bradley we have some inexperienced good WR.

Hester stupid??? I wouldn't mind being that stupid myself...
`Hester had almost 300 yards receiving last year with the majority of the yards in the last 4 games'
Thats avg 100 +- yds pg!!! He has Hands/speed/catability - He can play on my team at WR.
So what if he dodn't get the play lineup, That will come! Remember Gault?? He did something and he never played WR before either!
We need Hester/Bradley!!! Can you imagine those 2 with Booker and Olsen (sp)

Hey Randy not to question your math skills but having almost 300 yards over 4 games does not equal 100+ yards per game, it's a lot less actually. Not to mention going into the final 4 games he had over 140 yards recieving. Also you probably shouldn't compare him to Gault, Willie played at a different position and he was smart. Gualt was used as the fly guy, Hester is currently being used as the 2 or possession reciever you know Mooses old job.

Also Bradley is the best WR you have seen in a long time, I couldn't tell you if you are right or not with that comment cause I have not seen Bradley play in a long time. Good news is he has already been injured once this off season. I am sure he will hold up to his usual standard of greatness. Could you point out like maybe 10 100 yard games he has had over his career with the Bears.

Just so you know most of these guys were on the team last year and the Bears WR Core was rated as one of the worst in the NFL, this off season they are rated as the worst. Just a little FYI for you.

Gee Dave, two things....

(1) Bradley probably will be gone by the end of August(odds are high he gets hurt again)


Uh, August would be within a year, Mr. Rocket Scientist.


(2) The schtick about Hesters IQ is redundant now.


You mean old. Please also lookup the meaning of "schtick" since you obviously don't know it either.


It doesn't matter really, book smarts or street smarts, the facts are that Hester knows what to do with the ball in his hands and he has shown more then enough in last years "tryout" to have plenty to offer as a WR....


Now you'll have to review the difference between "then" and "than." Solecisms aside, those are really silly assertions that ignore the problem of how he gets the ball in his hands when he can't competently run routes.


He just needs the reps..... Crap, have the QB draw the play in the dirt like we all did as kids growing up, just tell where to go and throw the ball and all will be good. CB's and safety's won't beable to cover him effectively everytime.


The NFL and sandlot ball. Who would have thought there was a real difference between the two? LOL!!!!


Bradley is a flub. He'll be cut by the start of the regular season... then the Titans will pick him up. Ha Ha Ha

Bradley should go on the PUP list. He needs to fully recover from his surgery and be stronger and fresh for later on in the season. It also gives us 6 weeks to dress one of the other receivers in his spot to get a better look. We have more WR talent than most people think.

Creighton, If you read it right it said + - That leaves me alot of room for error, I was using someone else stats, I did not look them up, don't care to - but I stick to Bradley being a VERY good WR. Healthy or not, we should keep him for the season he is better than anyone we have.

Hester: I was comparing their speed not position....but Hester actually goes across the middle fearlessly with excellent hands, so has alot more potential than Gault. Will he cross pattern or Fly or Post?? CB doesn't know either as Hester can do it all, we only saw a little of what he is capable of so far - As a Coach I want that Speed/Athleticism on the field as much as possible.

I feel Bennet/Monk might have something, But bottom Line Bradley has the skills to be our No. 1 - Healthy??? don't care leave him be for the year, he will be there for the playoffs when we need him, if not then he's gone but to cut our best possible WR now before even he has a shot at the year is BS. Even as you said would those WR's scare anyone?? But they would with Bradley.

Bradley needs a shot so if the pup list is an option then take it. There are enough guys to get through the first 6 games and the way players get it hurt is a good idea to have a guy like him in the wings. Depending on how many WR's the bears keep will determine who stays. Figure they keep 6 depending on special teams. Haas and Rideau are all but gone or bound to the practice squad. Monk has the potential to be the next Marques Colston and Earl Bennett will probably be the starting possesion guy by seasons end. If Lloyd shaows any of his days from SF he'll make you forget Berrian and HEster will see the ball - often. Booker will start as long as he still can go and that leaves a battle between Davis and Bradley. Put Bradley on the PUP so he'll get his shot fully healthy and Davis is a good special team player - something the Bears will need with the special teamlosses from last season.

Have any of you smarta$$e$ got the right to question someones intelligence? The kid was bounced between defense and offense then expected to learn a new position with all that verbage in the Bears playbook with a team that cannot execute and a coordinator who is confused himself, but he still made plays any moron can question a persons intelligence but go look in the mirror and see the real judgemental idiot who isn't very smart. You are arrogant jerks to discuss someones IQ and that kind of crap doesn't belong on this blog.

START Mike Hass.

Mike Hass is without a doubt, the best WR on this football team. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for with one of the best pair of hands in all of football. He will catch anything thrown his way. I watched him play at Oregon St. He was well deserving of being named the nations top WR. Hester is a joke, so is the rest of the recieving corps. Chicago needs to do themselves a favor and start Hass!

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