The Chicago Bears made a nice veteran signing a few days ago when they inked former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth the veteran minimum at $855,000. It will be interesting to see how he fits in the Bears offense, and ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson reports that Bears head coach Marc Trestman would like Holmes to make his debut this week on Friday night against the Seattle Seahawks deep, vaunted secondary.
That said, Trestman added that there has been “no final decision” made on Holmes’s preseason Week 3 status, so we could end up waiting until Thursday the 28th for his debut, which would come at 8:00 p.m. ET against the Cleveland Browns.
When Holmes does see the field as the team’s No. 3 receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, it will be interesting to see how many times he lines up with the first and second-team offenses, as well as how many snaps the Bears give him in the third and fourth games. The third preseason game is traditionally the closest thing to a dress rehearsal before the season starts, whereas the fourth game is viewed as a break. What we do know is that the Bears aren’t concerned about Holmes being a diva, and nobody is concerned about his contract or cutting him. At this point, his two biggest tasks are to stay healthy and be consistent; he doesn’t necessarily have to play to his full potential for the Bears to get quality production.