The Chicago Bears figure to use offseason signing Santonio Holmes as the No. 3 receiver in their opener against the Buffalo Bills, as we’ve read several reports speaking about how much the Bears are impressed with his work this offseason. Holmes knows that he is on his last legs in this league, and he’s done everything correctly to this point. Now, it comes time to see what role he will carry for the Bears, who placed intriguing second-year wideout Marquess Wilson (he was supposed to be the WR3 behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery) on the short-term injured reserve.
According to the Bears official Twitter account, star quarterback Jay Cutler stated that Holmes still has something left in the tank as a deep threat, and he certainly burned Justin Rogers and the Buffalo Bills last year (though that was mostly on Rogers for covering so poorly). Cutler said, “He can definitely still go. He’s got a burst to him.”
It will be interesting to see how often Holmes is used to stretch the field, because any deep threat is a terrific opportunity to notch a big play with the strong-armed Cutler under center and Marshall, Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, and Matt Forte taking pressure off of him. Holmes might only be fifth on the Bears in targets, but he should still get enough chances to make an impact on one of the league’s most impressive offenses.