The Bears have filled the opening on their 53-man roster by activating wide receiver Marquess Wilson in advance of this weekend’s game against the Vikings, the team announced today (Twitter link). Wilson steps into the roster slot created when Chicago released veteran wideout Santonio Holmes earlier this week.
Wilson, 22, had been poised to assume a larger role in the Bears’ offense this season, with the team hoping he’d step into the role of the No. 3 receiver in the offense, behind standouts Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. However, a fractured clavicle derailed Wilson’s sophomore year, forcing the Bears to place him on injured reserve with the designation to return.
Wilson saw limited action in his 2013 rookie season, having been targeted just three times for two receptions and 13 yards. Even if he doesn’t immediately step into the third receiver role in the offense this year, he should easily top those marks, providing another target for embattled quarterback Jay Cutler.