If the Bears are truly serious about giving their young talent at wide receiver an opportunity to produce right now, they should make an effort to get more practice reps for rookies Johnny Knox and Juaquin Iglesias instead of Brandon Rideau.
Knox is the fifth-round pick from Abilene Christian who has shown some mad skills ever since his first minicamp at Halas Hall. He’s not very big (6 feet, 185 pounds), but Knox is one of the fastest players on the team and may have the softest hands of any receiver on the roster. In 11-on-11 drills he shows great ability to catch the ball without breaking stride and is able to turn upfield after the reception in one smooth motion.
Rideau, who has been getting plenty of reps with the first team, is in his fifth NFL season is still looking for his first NFL catch. The Bears would like Rideau to take a big step this year because he provides the kind of big target (6-foot-3, 198 pounds) that they don’t get from any of their other wide receivers.
Both rookies appear to have much more potential than Rideau, but they aren’t getting a great deal of snaps and almost all of their action has been with the second and third teams.