Bears receiver Johnny Knox tweeted last week that he wouldn’t ask for a trade despite being listed behind Roy Williams on Chicago’s depth chart. Maybe he knew something the rest of us didn’t.
So far this preaseason, Williams has admitted that he’s still trying to get in shape and has yet to catch a pass through the first two games. In Monday night’s loss to the Giants, Williams was targeted three times but dropped two of them. Meanwhile, Knox made the most of his chances on Monday, pulling in two of the three passes sent his direction. Knox has the advantage of having played with quarterback Jay Cutler for the past two seasons, while Williams is still trying to catch up in Mike Martz‘s revamped offense.
Nonetheless, both Cutler and coach Lovie Smith are encouraged by what they’ve seen from Williams in practice, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that the veteran is making progress. Williams will be the starter unless something absurd happens in the next couple of weeks, but keep a close eye on Knox. After averaging 48 catches and five touchdowns in each of his first two NFL seasons, he could be a candidate to start stealing some of those targets if Williams doesn’t improve.