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Devin Aromashodu working his way out of Martz dog house

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Bears receiver Devin Aromashodu went from Jay Cutler's top target in Week 1 to deactivated in Week 3.

So what gives?

Several factors are believed to be in play.

First, Aromashodu hasn't embraced the slot receiver position. Given his size, he's not ideally suited for it, nor does he have the sort of quickness to thrive in that role. He had at least three drops against the Detroit Lions in the first game, including several on routine slants.

Second, Aromashodu may have landed in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's dog house. There are indications that the receiver may not have embraced the opportunity to play in the slot. Fact is, though, that the Bears want Devin Hester and Johnny Knox in the outside spots, which means the next available position is in the slot.

Martz seemed to go out of his way to explain that Aromashodu wasn't comfortable in the slot, and he also seemed to go out of his way to praise Earl Bennett this past Thursday.

"He's so good in the slot," Martz said of Bennett. "He does so many good things. One on one in the slot, he does a great job on those inside routes.

"I'm really pleased. I thought he was a good player. But he's even better than I thought he was. He does a terrific job."

To get back in the good graces of his offensive coordinator, Aromashodu may need to adjust his attitude. A comment he made last Wednesday also surely didn't help.

"We don't want to put too much pressure on ourselves because when you're walking on eggshells, you really can't play well," he said. "You still got to go out there and let it loose and do your best. I mean, you're not going to be perfect every play.

"That's something they have to understand. I mean, as coaches, they're not going to make the right call every play."

Martz, though, also needs to be more open-minded about using Aromashodu's talents. He is different from the other receivers, especially since he's a big target with a knack for climbing the ladder and catching passes.

Tonight, Aromashodu may be active. But, even if he is, I don't think he'll play much.

At this point, there are no indications that Aromashodu is on the trade block. And even if he was, how much would he reap the Bears? The Bears will probably need him, because Aromashodu is the best backup to either Knox or Hester. So, as he pointed out, he will likely get his chance at some point this season.

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Same stupid bears thinking. How is Devin Hester not perfect for the slot position? Bear coaches are better this year but they still make some bonehead decisions. I really hope Lovie is gone after this year and we can get a real coach, I know bearhatersstop Lovie is the greatest coach ever in your eye. He is not, the bears haven't even gotten into the tough part of there schedule. They barley beat the lions, jury is still out on the cowboys, the packers beat themselves, and the giants are not playing up to there potential. I am a huge fan, have been for 38 years and have seen good bear teams. I hope they keep winning but I will wait and see.

Just when you think the genius Martz is the best thing to happen since the Cutler trade, he goes and opens his mouth.

Martz seemed to go out of his way to explain that Aromashodu wasn't comfortable in the slot, and he also seemed to go out of his way to praise Earl Bennett this past Thursday.

"He's so good in the slot," Martz said of Bennett. "He does so many good things. One on one in the slot, he does a great job on those inside routes.

"I'm really pleased. I thought he was a good player. But he's even better than I thought he was. He does a terrific job."

He's done better than you thought?? He's got 8 catches for 50 yards with an over whelming 6.2 average. And get this, his longest is 8 yards...LOL. Your expectations for Bennett must have been really low for an 8/50 performance to impress you. Hey, Martz, if you want to go out of your way to "blast" one of your better offensive players, that's your choice, but to try and further your point by making ridiculous statements about a below average player you're trying to replace him with makes you look like a buffoon. Stick with game planning and getting Hester those 2.67 catches a game.

Devin Aromashodu is definitely Jay's next go to guy after Knox. Sometimes I think coaches are so full of themselves. Aromashodu is clearly the best receiver even if he isn't the number one receiver. I think you have to give him the reps. He will make plays and give your team the chances to win and win big! I believe that with Aromashodu opposite Knox Jay Could tear apart some of the best defenses. Atleast give Jay a chance. All defenses I'm sure are starting to figure out that if you stop Knox you'll stop Chicago. I just know with aromashodu they can improve tremendously on offense! I just don't understand how you can have such a talented receiver and not use him especially when your team and season depends on it. It's not like he gets in trouble with the law like some of these other players in the NFL and they still get to play. Has Aromashodu been that bad you don't want to play him? I'm frustraded and dissapointed in Martz. Let your best players play and you'll win the big games.

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