The Bears' addition of tight end Martellus Bennett is one reason why it is unlikely wide receiver Brandon Marshall will repeat his 2012 numbers. But if it all makes it easier for him to do his job, he's cool with that.
"I am (looking forward to having more weapons)," Marshall told ESPN Chicago's Sarah Spain on Wednesday. "It was tough sledding last year. I think that's why I had to have the surgery. I had 2-3 guys on me every single play, but bringing in big boy Martellus, I don't think the league really knows how good he is. I didn't know, and that was one of my great friends in the league. So I'm excited to see him, he's going to be awesome this year for us."
Between Bennett, Alshon Jeffery hopefully stepping up in his second year, and increased usage of Matt Forte in the passing game, you shouldn't expect Marshall to catch another 118 balls. But if those guys help soften the coverage he faces, Marshall will still have his share of big games. He is FFToolbox's No. 5 wideout.
Bennett is on the line or just outside of the top 12 at tight end in most rankings, but after posting 55-626-5 line with the Giants last year, and now that he is on a team with Marshall as its only proven wideout, there is upside here. Bennett is only 26.