Jay Cutler does not have Eddie Royal to throw to after switching teams but that might be OK.
NFL.com's Pat Kirwan, in a segment on CBSSports.com, suggests that third-round pick Juaquin Iglesias could make the kind of impact as a rookie that Royal did in his first season last year with the Denver Broncos.
That's asking a lot. Royal started 15 games and made 91 receptions for 980 yards with five touchdowns. With Brandon Marshall suspended for the season opener, Royal made nine catches in the first game and never looked back. The quarterback and wide receiver made a connection early and clicked.
No one expects Iglesias to go out and put up the kind of numbers Royal did. But if he can have between 45 and 55 catches for 550 yards, you'll be able to call his rookie season a big success. It's one of the more difficult positions for rookies to succeed at, but the Bears know they need to get production out of Iglesias and are going to put him to work accordingly. General manager Jerry Angelo said he expects Iglesias to be the guy who works the middle of the field.
*** ESPN's John Clayton says it's tough to call the Bears a surprise team for 2009 given that they wound up 9-7 this past year. He sees a two-game improvement for the Bears with the addition of Cutler. As Clayton points out, the Bears have the easiest strength of schedule this coming year.