Dud of the Week: Mark Bradley

Wide receiver Mark Bradley is one of the young skill position players that needs to step up if the Bears offense is going to take a leap forward. While Bernard Berrian looked fantastic in training camp and Rashied Davis has made huge strides in the first two preseason games, Bradley has been a no-show in the exhibition season so far. He earns the Bear Report Dud of the Week.

Everyone knows that one of the most important improvements the Bears have to make this season is at wide receiver opposite Muhsin Muhammad. The most qualified candidate appeared to be Mark Bradley, the second-year man out of Oklahoma. He was arguably the most impressive rookie wideout in the NFL during last year's preseason, and he was just starting to figure it out on Sundays when he went down with an ACL injury in Week 8 against Detroit and missed the rest of the season.

Blessed with impressive size and speed to burn, Bradley has all the physical tools to not only succeed in the NFL, but flourish. However, even though Muhammad was given the night off to rest some lingering bumps and bruises, Bernard Berrian and Rashied Davis were given the starting nod while Bradley was almost nowhere to be found. The former Sooner ended the game with one catch for two yards and dropped at least one pass that hit him right in the hands.

Considering Bradley turned the ball over on a fumble after the one reception he made last week against the 49ers, he should have been plenty motivated to come back and stake his claim as a starter on this team. But he was a ghost for the most part on Friday night and earned the dubious honor as the Bear Report Dud of the Week. With Muhammad's role secure and Davis looking more impressive each and every day, Bradley needs to step it up a notch these next two preseason games if he plans to play a significant role in offensive coordinator Ron Turner's receiver rotation.

JC


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