Rookie WR Marquess Wilson may be sittin’ pretty
By Mark Potash Staff Reporter August 29, 2013 11:00PM
Cleveland Browns v Chicago Bears
Updated: August 30, 2013 7:16PM
Wide receiver Marquess Wilson didn’t play Thursday night and didn’t know what to make of it. He’s only 20.
But it’s probably good news for the rookie from Washington State. The Bears holding out Wilson almost certainly means they’re sold on him. Coach Marc Trestman implied as much after the Bears’ 18-16 loss to the Browns.
“That’ll be discussed tomorrow,’’ Trestman said when asked if Wilson not playing means he has made the team. ‘‘The Earl Bennett [concussion] situation right now is significant, and Marquess is next in line, so we’ll see where that is. And that’s part of the reason we kept him out.’’
The 6-4, 184-pound Wilson caught five passes for 96 yards in the preseason, including a 58-yard reception in the opener against the Panthers.
‘‘I feel like I did [enough to make the team],’’ Wilson said, ‘‘but in the coaches’ eyes, you could always ask for something else.’’
The only thing he knew about the game against the Browns was that the coaches told him he wouldn’t be playing.
‘‘I’ve never been through this,’’ Wilson said, ‘‘so it’s definitely nerve-racking. You don’t know what’s going to happen.’’
No average Joe
Second-year wide receiver Joe Anderson put in his final bid for a roster spot with four receptions for 64 yards, including a five-yard touchdown catch and a 37-yard reception in the first half.
‘‘I believe in me,’’ Anderson said. ‘‘If you ask me, I believe I made this team.’’
Long shot comes in?
Cornerback Demontre Hurst, an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma, made the most of his last chance. Hurst had an interception on the third play from scrimmage. He also had two nice tackles on short passes that prevented first downs. He had a near-sack of Brian Hoyer that forced an intentional-grounding penalty. He led the Bears with seven tackles and also had a special-teams tackle.
‘‘My opportunity came quick, and I took advantage,’’ Hurst said. ‘‘I put some good things on tape.’’
Bits & pieces
Offensive tackle Cory Brandon suffered a leg injury in the fourth quarter and was taken off the field on a cart. . . . Wide receiver Terrence Toliver led the Bears with six receptions for 49 yards. . . . Rookie receiver Josh Lenz made a nice 40-yard catch on a deep ball from Trent Edwards. . . . Sherrick McManis had an interception in the fourth quarter. . . . Linebacker J.T. Thomas had the Bears’ lone sack.