Plugging the holes: NFC North
Explorations of need in Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota
As we near the draft, Football Outsiders is taking a look at the major holes in the roster of each NFL team by division. On Tuesday, it takes a crack at the NFC North.
Biggest Hole: WR
Sometimes games at the end of a season portend future breakouts -- and sometimes they are just a couple of fluky games. For confirmation, ask Drew Bennett, the Tennessee receiver who exploded at the end of the 2004 season, never to reach those heights again.
That's history that the Bears should study before falling in love with Devin Aromashodu, who totaled 196 yards and three touchdowns in the season's last two games. Somehow, those two games seem to outweigh nearly four full seasons when Aromashodu was on an NFL roster and totaled 198 yards and one touchdown. Despite the obvious flukiness of Aromashodu's performance, the Bears harbor hopes that he will emerge as a starting-caliber receiver.
Aromashodu could conceivably be a starter, but only because the Bears' current starters are so mediocre. Devin Hester, the once-dominant return man, has turned into an adequate but far from spectacular receiver. Earl Bennett's first season as a receiver showed some promise, but he struggled as the season progressed, totaling 427 yards in the season's first half and only 290 yards in the season's second half.
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