Chicago Bears Rumors: Alshon Jeffery Hints Return Week 1 as Eddie Royal, Marquess Wilson Injuries Force Hakeem Nicks, James Jones Interest for Jay Cutler Help?

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Aug 31, 2015 12:28 PM EDT
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery makes a catch during a 2015 game."

The Chicago Bears' offense is missing several key pieces heading into the regular season, causing a lot of stress for Jay Cutler this preseason. After trading Brandon Marshall, the Bears planned on relying heavily on Alshon Jeffery and the newly drafted Kevin White. Both players are injured along with Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson. The result is the Bears looking very unimpressive heading into 2015.

Cutler played well into the third quarter of the team's preseason game over the weekend. He led six drives which resulted in one 34-yard field and five punts. Matt Forte and Jacquizz Rodgers struggled to manage the run game. While Martellus Bennett and Rashad Lawrence were the only players to look somewhat impressive. With injuries running wild and causing Chicago to stall out on offense, what is the team's next move to help add depth?

According to the Chicago Sun Times, White is likely out for the season while Jeffery, Wilson and Royal might be back for the start of the season. Jeffery has been a mystery for the Bears as it was originally reported the receiver was dealing with a minor calf strain, but instead he has been sitting out for more of the preseason. Jeffery hinted on Instagram that he will be back for Week 1 which will be welcomed news for Cutler who needs some talent to work with. However, will Chicago take advantage of the recent roster cuts and make an addition to the roster?

The Chicago Tribune denied that Wes Welker is an option for the Bears based on his injury history. The team is aiming to acquire a healthy player. Recent roster cuts could help. The Cincinnati Bengals released Denarius Moore. He has had inconsistent stints so far in the NFL, but does have potential if he can sign with the right team. The same can be said for DeVier Posey who was released by the New York Jets. He simply got shut out by Marshall, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. Either wide receiver could be solid for Chicago.

When healthy, Royal will be a big threat for the Bears. He and Jeffery will be the top two options while Wilson and Lawrence rotate in. That is a good group of receivers, but not a great group. Without White, they are lacking at a consistent deep threat. Players like Justin Hunter, Hakeem Nicks or James Jones could be available in the next wave of cuts and Chicago should take a look for help.

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