Former Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle attended practice this week and came away impressed with the skills of veteran Rashied Davis.
The often-overlooked slot receiver is fighting for playing time behind Devin Hester and Earl Bennett while struggling to stay ahead of youngsters like Brandon Rideau and rookies Juaquin Iglesias and Johnny Knox on the depth chart. Most of Davis’ reps have come with the second team.
“Technically, he’s the best wide receiver on the roster” Waddle said of the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Davis. “He runs great routes, he’s quick as (heck), and he’s got great body control. He does just about everything right; if only he was more consistent catching the ball. None of that other stuff matters if he drops the ball.”
Davis had career highs last season with 35 catches and 445 yards, but he had some crucial drops, which were uncharacteristic of his previous two seasons, when he caught a total of just 39 passes, although many of them came in clutch situations.