Rashied on the Bubble?

David Haugh basically summarizes a month worth of columns in today's Trib.  And for the first time this summer, someone asks the question:

3 who missed opportunities...
Rashied Davis, WR: He hasn't stood out as much as Devin Aromashodu, Brandon Rideau or Bennett. How many wide receivers can the Bears keep?

I thought, coming off the first preseason game, that Rash was a lock to make this roster.  But considering the team's four running backs and three quality tight ends, I'm wondering whether the Bears will carry what they carried in 2008: six receivers.

Since there's no reason to speculate on roster decisions, let's just say this: Rashied Davis needs to start making plays and needs to start Saturday night.  And I know I'm not in the minority when I say I'd be more-than-willing to move on.

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  • I say definitely so. I would much rather see a fresh face in that roster spot.

  • To those who say "But he's or most experienced wideout" I say then let's go sign Marvin Harrison.

    I believe I recently heard that the Giants' current crop of wideouts have something like 20 NFL starts between them.

  • Good point, Albert. Giants and Bears actually both taking similar risks on the offensive side of the ball, although we're far better at the tight end spot. I would also argue that Tom Coughlin would take Hester over any of the guys currently on his roster.

  • Olsen over Boss? Definitely. Though I do think Boss is a decent TE.

    I have always mantained that the Giants immediately got better when the over-rated, self-serving, Jeremy Shockey disappeared from their lineup (breaking his leg vs. the Bears as I recall)and that dumping him on New Orleans was a case of "Addition by subtraction". Shockey's another loudmouth that most of the 4-Letter monkeys love. I'm not saying the guy is without talent. I AM saying he's not worth the baggage that comes with it. We definitely have the more desirable former U of Miami tight end.

    Seems strange to me that neither the Bears, Giants or Titans have dialed up Harrison's number. Just yesterday, the Titans said publicly they were not interested.
    Is Marvin overpricing his services or is he a mere shadow of his former self?

  • I think Boss was a big of a letdown for the Giants last season. I'd take Clark over Boss too. I think we have the best pair of tight ends in the league.

    The rumors about Harrison are strange but most people believe there might be nothing left in the tank (read: knee).

  • The next few preseason games should decide who stays and who goes, or if the bears need to bring in a veteran WR.

    At this point, the Bears would be wise to see how the preseason plays out with the guys they have competing. If none of the 3 WRs you mentioned can distinguish themselves from one another either on offense or special teams, it could signal that it's time to look at other options outside the organization. Hopefully, Rash, DA or Rideau can give the coaches a good reason to keep them on the 53 man roster. It would be a shame for the Bears to have wasted all that time in OTAs and camp just to bring in someone other "guy" who will need just as much time to learn the playbook. Resorting to bringing in a guy like Harrison should be the worst case scenario here. Hopefully one of our own guys can step up these next few games and really run with this opportunity of a lifetime.

  • I said it a little bit ago, how can you cut Rashied when he's the most experienced playmaker out there not named Devin Hester that still has some speed? I don't think you can. My hope is that Rash had a fluky bad hands year last year - you remember the Rash of 2006, that made clutch after clutch 3rd down catch? So much so that he became Max's hero in a Super Bowl year? Well in 2007 he had the whole QB carousel to deal with, and last year was just plain bad, not that he got all that many chances with so many balls going to Forte.

    I hope it doesn't sound like I actually approve of this position - I think it's a pretty bad situation that Jerry has left us in. I still believe we don't have a bona fide #1 receiver, and our best veteran is Rashied Davis, former 3rd down wonder, former Arena Leaguer, and let's not forget he's now 30 himself! Maybe Cutler will have influence on the coaching staff, who never could get themselves to buy into any of their young receivers, couldn't even get them on the field during an entire losing season, for one snap. Bradley, Hass, Rideau, Bennett last year - when the guys we had on the field were mostly terrible. Maybe it'll be different this year, maybe Cutler will have an impact, because Rashied D. has no more upside. I think our four best receivers right now may be three tight ends and a running back. So maybe you start factoring that in to the game plan - Kellen Davis is another one that barely got a snap last year. Greg Olsen is fast, Kellen Davis looks fast - maybe these guys should be used more in receiver slots.

    All that said, I forsee the depth chart by the beginning of the season being Hester, Bennett, Davis, Rideau, Iglesias (all receivers combined). And if that's the case, I sure hope that Davis can regain some of what he had - and I think he can, he was never a dropsy type receiver until last year.

  • I haven't heard much on Johnny Knox,with the exception of the game Sat. night and a dropped pass or two. Has anyone heard any more on him. I really liked the return he made and he seems quicker than all get out. Was Just curious.

  • I think we're going to be seeing Knox on the practice squad. Raw ability that needs another year or two to develop.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I was kinda of afraid of that. He seemed pretty good on the kickoff return, was kinda hopin' to see him on special teams. Thanks, Jeff

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    You're probably right on Knox, Jeff. But I would keep him instead of Iglesias, who seems singularly unimpressive. From what has been written by the press, it seems obvious that we keep Hester, Bennett, Rideau (gawd I hope this kid finally gets his shot), and Aromashedu.

    Leaving us Rash, Knox, Iglesias, and sleepers Kinder, Peterman, and Broussard.

    I have to believe Rash and Iglesias, the former since Lovie is loyal to his vets, and the second solely because he is a higher draft pick. I'd rather go with Knox actually.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I don't know. I have a hard time seeing the '09 Bears without Davis (though I am not troubled by such an set of circumstances). With such a young group of wide outs, you think they would leave one vet on the roster. The guy did make a special teams play last year (however circumstancial and less reliant on talent that play might have been). I could take or leave Rash.

    Welcome back Phil!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think Max is right about Rideau, though I'd certainly like to see Cutler/Rideau this weekend. Even if just a completion or two. Same to Earl.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I'm a member of the Scout.com Bears site. A day ago the editor there mentioned having drinks with Davis and something was disclosed to him that made him understand and somewhat sympathetic to Davis' troubles last year. Of course he couldn't say what it was/is...

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I believe the editor learned that Rashied had been involved in a rare gardening accident and had his fingers replaced with sticks of butter.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I still think RASHIED SCISSORHANDS (Steve Rosenbloom's tag) is funny.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Thanks Ghost! And thanks all the other welcoming comments, thanks especially to Jeff who roused me from my slumber with a well-timed email. Missed you guys, even while I was reading you.

    Don't know anything about Aromashodu, looked him up and see that he's had seven NFL catches in 3 years of duty - didn't even know he was on our 2008 squad (I guess he was picked up in December). Sounds like he's impressing though. I don't believe they can cut Iglesias, too high of a draft pick and too early. Just based on past history, I think you can forget about the long shot low draft picks being allowed to make an impact, no matter what happens in preseason. Remember 2007 preseason? There were YouTube highlights from some of those preseason games that never translated into real roster spots.

    Of course I don't generally get much from Larry Mayer's comments, but in searching for info on Iglesias I saw this:

    "I don

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Is anyone else concerned that if Aromashadu didnt get stats with Peyton Manning as his QB, why would anything be different. Did he just get no tick in indy?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Just heard on the radio Cutler is practicing with Number 54 and Urlacher is wearing 6....kind of funny.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Guess Urlacher wanted to be "Pussy for a Day".New daytime show material here guys. Ghost knows what I'm talking about.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Cutler and Urlacher chatted it up for the entire fourth quarter in the Bills. I was sitting behind the bench. Its cool to see everyone on the team gelling well. I just hope the closeness in the locker room turns into wins on the field. I saw Cutler talking to a few of the other receivers a lot but I did not see him talk to Hester at all. Then again Plex and Eli probably weren't the best of friends off the field either and that worked out pretty well. Up until the point the dumbass shot himself.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Based on preseason game 1, Rash will not only make the team, he'll be the Bears' most productive receiver this year. He played with a vengance Saturday, like he wanted all his detractors to stuff it. Bennett? It's obvious now he only looked good matching about against a worthless Vasher. We still need to add some veterans; I'm warming up to the idea of Matt Jones, though I can't see a thing in the world wrong with bringing in Jerry Porter. Iglesias? Meh. Knox? Like Jeff said: practice squad.

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