Can Aromashodu become a top target for Bears?
Remember Bears WR Devin Aromashodu’s Monday night performance late last season at Soldier Field against Brett Favre and the Vikings? Seven receptions for 150-yards and a TD. Not bad for a guy who has struggled to find a role in the NFL.
As our own Brad Biggs wrote over at the Chicago Tribune today, the Bears are high on Aromashodu this season. High enough that WR coach Darryl Drake said of the young WR, “I don’t know if he has a ceiling.”
Big words for a player who hasn’t done much in a career that has seen him bounce around the league. But, when you look at the Bears offense—at the wide receivers in particular—it is time for someone to step up and become a reliable player.
A guy who can stretch the field, run the deep dig routes that are a staple of Mike Martz’s offensive system and become a target for QB Jay Cutler.
I still have a strong opinion on WR Devin Hester and do think he can be explosive and very productive in Martz’s system. But, that will require other players around him to step up and make some players for Cutler. The Bears need to be able to become creative and use Hester in a wide variety of roles on the field when it comes to alignment, pre-snap movement, etc.
To do that, Chicago needs players—such as Aromashodu—to become the type of receivers who can command attention on the field, draw some safety help and force defensive coordinators to think twice about this offense when they turn on the tape.
I’m not anointing Aromashodu in this role by any means. As Drake pointed out, he has a lot to prove when it comes to being a consistent performer at the NFL level. But, the potential is there for Aromashodu to become a legitimate player at the wide receiver position—which will allow the Bears to be even more creative as an offense.
Someone needs to be that guy for Chicago in 2010, why not him?
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