Chicago Bears: Purpose of Santonio Holmes Signing Revealed


Fans were left to wonder what exactly the Chicago Bears were expecting from Santonio Holmes.  Recent breaking news gave them their answer.

Marquess Wilson expected to miss half the season for Bears

Initial estimates in regards to how long receiver Marquess Wilson would be out after suffering a fractured clavicle in training camp sat somewhere between six and nine weeks.  That would’ve put his return somewhere around the Bears’ bye week.  Unfortunately, new reports have surfaced that the second-year man may actually need 12-14 weeks before he’s cleared to play again in 2014.  Only now with this new information has it become clear why Chicago elected to sign veteran receiver Santonio Holmes.  At first it made little sense unless he was just a tryout for the remainder of the preseason.  Few saw him accepting the role of a temporary stopgap.  With Wilson likely gone for half the season, it’s obvious the Bears needed to fortify their receiver depth and Holmes was the best option.

Jay Cutler and Mike Groh already working to implement Holmes

Regardless of the questions about his history as a locker room cancer and the foot he injured back in 2012, Holmes has wasted no time diving into the offense.  He’s had some help too.  Wide receivers coach Mike Groh spent time with him after practice to help get him acclimated to the system.

The 30-year old went on to say that starting quarterback Jay Cutler was also proactive in welcoming him to the team.

Alshon Jeffery joked that when Holmes asked how he can get on the good side of his new quarterback, the answer was simple and straightforward:  “Make every catch in practice.”

It’s quite clear the Chicago Bears have no plans to scrap the Marquess Wilson experiment, but until he returns they are doing everything they can to keep the machine running smooth.  If that means working extra time to bring along Santonio Holmes then that’s how it shall be.

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Erik Lambert
Brainwashed by the sports culture as a wee lad, Erik was educated to be a writer at the prestigious Columbia College. He has spent the past 10 years covering the Bears.