Biggs: Aromashodu has a shot with Bears

It is difficult to imagine the Chicago Bears being better off without wide receiver Devin Hester in Sunday’s meeting with the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field, but if they’re looking for a silver lining, it’s a chance to get a better look at some of the younger targets for Jay Cutler.

Rookie Johnny Knox, maybe the best receiver of the bunch, is expected to start in place of Hester, who has a strained left calf muscle and has not practiced this week. Earl Bennett will also start. But this is the chance—perhaps the final chance—for Devin Aromashodu to step up. Cutler has raved about Aromashodu since preseason but his opportunities have been limited, and the team has basically said it was going to take an injury for him to get a real chance.

Well, here it is as the No. 3 receiver. He’s got just two receptions on the season, but he’s been in games at key points, including on the attempted game-winning drive at San Francisco in the final minute. Cutler likes Aromashodu because he’s got good size—6-2, 201 pounds—which makes him stand out from a crowd of smaller guys. Cutler likes to throw the ball up and let his big target come down with the ball, and it would not be a surprise if he’s targeting Aromashodu against the physical and talented Green Bay secondary.

"It just takes reps to get (Aromashodu) going, more than anything," coach Lovie Smith said. "He is a big target, with good speed. We're pretty confident he can do the job."

Young guys without draft status get brief chances to prove themselves in the NFL. This could be Aromashodu’s shot right here.

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