Rashied Davis, who started 12 games at wide receiver last year and was fourth on the team with 445 receiving yards and fifth with a career-high 35 catches, could be the odd man out this year.
Devin Hester has established himself as the clear-cut No. 1, and Earl Bennett, last year’s third-round pick, has practiced well enough to be the starter on the other side.
Practice squad veterans Brandon Rideau and Devin Aromashodu have both made a habit of being noticed almost daily by coaches, as well as fans and, most importantly, by QB Jay Cutler. Rideau, at 6-foot-3, and Aromashodu, at 6-2, are also the biggest targets at wide receiver, another factor in their favor.
Rookies Juaquin Iglesias (third round) and Johnny Knox (fifth round) have flashed talent, and draft choices will always be given the benefit of the doubt with the Bears, who believe strongly in building through the draft.
That makes six, which is the same number of wideouts the Bears had on the active roster for opening day last season. It’s unlikely that they would keep more than six this season, unless special-teams play becomes a deciding factor. Davis did an excellent job on special teams last season, and that could weigh in his favor, but Rideau is getting some reps on punt coverage and has looked promising.