Bears Look to Boost Return Game

In searching for help to boost the offense, special teams can't be ignored. Shortening the field makes it easier to score and the Bears struggled to get field position from the return game last year. Addressing the issue in the draft is a definite possibility. Read about some of the return specialists the Bears have talked to at the combine.

With kick returner Jerry Azumah expected to leave as an unrestricted free agent and the punt return job up in the air, among the prospects the Bears talked to were three receivers with return ability.

"We'd like to get our return game better both kickoff and punt whether it be a corner returner or a WR," said general manager Jerry Angelo.

  • Miami's Sinorice Moss is the most highly touted player of the trio. He's not a finished product as a receiver, as he caught 57 balls over his final two seasons for the Hurricanes. Although most of the teams that have talked to him are thinking receiver first, he's also capable of being a punt returner. He's the younger brother of Santana Moss, who plays for the Washington Redskins.

    Moss is rated as the fourth receiver prospect by and could be available when the Bears are on the clock with the 26th pick. If the Bears are unable to add Antwaan Randle El in free agency, Moss could be the backup plan.

    "I spoke with them my first night and at the Senior Bowl," Moss said. "I feel kind of comfortable talking to them, and they've shown a lot of interest."

  • TCU's Cory Rodgers led the nation in kick return average. He could instantly contribute in that capacity as a rookie, while he tries to develop into an NFL receiver.

    "I am very excited about my special teams (abilities)," Rodgers said. "I am looking forward winning a kickoff return, special teams job."

    The five-foot-11, 190-pounder will have to work on his hands to be a successful receiver on the next level. The junior has the speed to stretch the field and has upside if he can catch the ball consistently.

  • LSU Skyler Green is a former high school quarterback that made the transition to wideout in college. He has the extra gear to get away from defenders and is an above average route runner.

    At 5-foot-9, 192-pounds Green compares himself to Dante Hall, but doesn't want to fall into the trap of being pigeonholed in a role early in his career.

    "That's one of the things I want teams to recognize," Green said. "That I can be a great return guy and also a great receiver. Just being that slot guy, being the guy who adds a little excitement on the football that may strike up the crowd that one extra time, or do something to win the game."

    Green is a versatile prospect who can produce in a variety of ways. He projects as a middle round pick and could be a third receiver at the next level but who must earn his wage on special teams.

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