Ever since former Bears’ WR Johnny Knox was injured in December of 2011, Chicago has not had a legit deep speed threat on offense. Still, the Bears’ offense lacks any sort of real speed at wide receiver; something that could help take them to the next level in 2013.
Enter Devin Aromashodu.
No, he by no means strikes terror into opposing defenses, but one thing that makes me optimistic about his addition to the team now is that even when he wasn’t tendered an offer from the Bears’ to return in 2011, it really wasn’t performance-based. It was more to do with a player-coach conflict between him and Mike Martz.
Back when he was in Chicago the first time, Aromashodu was the tallest receiver of the group. But at 6’2”, he looks small alongside Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. He’s not nearly the burner Knox was either, but he is very likely the fastest straight ahead wideout on this current squad. And the Bears need that.
He won’t be No. 1 material, and I’m not suggesting that, but he can contribute to the Bears’ offense.
Aromashodu was a semi-reliable first option for Jay Cutler in 2009 at the end of the season, and one would have to think that his life is made significantly easier now that he isn't the only threat on the field. Between Martellus Bennett, Marshall, Jeffery and even Earl Bennett, his role will likely be to stretch the field, and that alone.
Additionally, his only real NFL production really came with Cutler, and while it was only for a short stretch, he produced four touchdowns including an overtime winner against the Vikings.
It’s okay to admit you were excited for Aromashodu going into 2010 before Mike Martz … well, happened. I certainly know the fantasy football world had their eyes on him as a late round pick or a waiver wire hero, but that never materialized.
So fast forward four years and here we seem to have the most talented Bears’ offense ever assembled. Now throw in a real field-stretching threat.
In 2009, Aromashodu had 24 receptions for 298 yards with four TDs, all of which came in the last four games of the season. It wasn’t a lack of ability to produce that pushed him away from the team, so this is another solid move for the Bears. A small one, yes, but a good one.
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