Pack your bags

Jamin Elliot, one of the Bears 3 sixth-round draft picks in 2002, split time between the practice squad and 53-man roster in his rookie season.

Elliot played in just two games and failed to catch a pass, but the receiver will get the opportunity to gain experience in NFL Europe, which begins in April. The Bears are relatively set at receiver with Marty Booker, Dez White and David Terrell atop the depth chart.

The chances of Marcus Robinson returning aren't high, so the team is looking for a fourth receiver. Ahmad Merritt and Elliot will be competing for that position unless GM Jerry Angelo adds another name in the offseason, which is unlikely because the team has so many other needs that wide out his down on the priority list.

Merritt caught 14 balls in 2002 and would have had a major advantage in the competition over Elliot because he also became the Bears punt and kick returner. However, two costly fumbles against Carolina hurt the team's confidence in Merritt.

There is a chance both could make the squad, but a draft choice always has an advantage over a free agent. Merritt was picked up off the waiver wire and wasn't Angelo's guy, while Elliot is an Angelo pick.


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