The Bears acquired Brandon Marshall for a pair of 3rd round picks this offseason to be their #1 receiver. That much is known. However, that’s about all that’s known. There are varying opinions on how Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, and Alshon Jeffery stack up 2-4 on the depth chart. ESPN Chicago reported earlier this month that Devin Hester was penciled in at the #2 receiver spot, leaving rookie 2nd round pick Alshon Jeffery in the slot. However, they’ve since backtracked, saying that Hester will only be used in special packages.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Hester will still return kicks and punts, which doesn’t make it sound like he’ll be heavily involved at receiver. At the same time, the Chicago Tribune is reported that they’d be “stunned” if Alshon Jeffery started the season opposite Brandon Marshall. The most natural fit for the 4 receivers would be to put Alshon Jeffery opposite Brandon Marshall, line Earl Bennett up in the slot where he’s best, and use Devin Hester as a 4th receiver so he can focus more on what he does best, special teams. This is definitely a situation to monitor in Training Camp, however, because it seems like no one knows for sure what’s going on right now.