The Chicago Bears signed veteran wide receiver Santonio Holmes to a minimum one-year contract, and we’re waiting to see if he gets some work in tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET against the Seattle Seahawks. The third preseason game is usually the dress rehearsal game before the regular season, so it would be nice to see the Bears No. 3 receiver out there rehearsing with the rest of the team. He could end up being a steal for the Bears if he stays healthy and keeps his head on straight, though Marc Trestman isn’t overly concerned about Holmes’s character issues, which were overblown some during his tumultuous time as the New York Jets No. 1 receiver.
Per the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs, the Bears “have been impressed” with Holmes after watching him practice this week, and Biggs adds that it “would make sense” for Holmes to play today against the Seahawks. I would honestly be surprised if he isn’t out there, though it’s anyone’s guess as to how many snaps Trestman gives him if he does play.
Holmes will be the team’s No. 3 receiver in the absence of young breakout candidate Marquess Wilson, who broke his collarbone earlier and will be out until mid-season. There’s a real possibility that Holmes locks up the position for the full year, and he’ll definitely be a storyline in the Bears explosive offense behind the superstar duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.