Positional Analysis

The Bears receiving corps will get a huge boost with the return of Marcus Robinson. Although, there is some question of when he'll be ready to go by the start of the season Chicago will be a dangerous group with Robinson.

Marty Booker emerged as a well-rounded receiver proving he could make the tough catch over the middle or the deep ball. The former high school quarterback even passed for a score. In the end, Booker set the Bears single season reception record with 100 catches for 1071 yards and eight touchdowns.

David Terrell had a typical receiver rookie season. Flashes of brilliance were mixed with inconsistent play resulting in 34 catches for 415 yards and four touchdowns. Terrell started slow, which could be due to missing part of training camp because of a contract holdout.

The fourth receiver slot is up for grabs. After two seasons with the Bears Dez White has proved to be an enigma. Following a 10-catch rookie season, White looked poised to improve. He started in the season opener because Robinson hadn't fully recovered from back surgery. Then when Robinson went down again in week six White was named the replacement. He finished the season second on the team with 45 receptions for 428 yards, but no touchdowns. His lack of production in the red zone is something that will need to improve for him to justify getting on the field.

Ahmad Merritt battled his way from the practice squad to make a contribution in the final two games of the year. Then in the Bears first playoff appearance since 1994, Merritt put Chicago briefly ahead of the Eagles 7-6 with a 47-yard touchdown run on a reverse. He's not guaranteed a roster spot, but can also return kicks giving him an edge.

Other players fighting for a place on the 53-man roster are Kenny Christian, Ramondo North, who both spend time this off-season in NFL Europe, and the Bears sixth-round pick Jamin Elliott.

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