Interesting nugget passed along by SI's Peter King in his Monday Morning Quarterback column: the 2012 Chicago Bears could have the tallest group of wide receivers and tight ends in team history.
Sure, everybody has Brandon Marshall (6-4½) on their minds, and Bears fans monitoring the draft are probably very excited to see what new rookie WR Alshon Jeffery (6-3) can bring to the table, but there are a few other guys in the mix as well.
Breakdown after the jump.
Here's King's assessment:
If the Bears line up in a five-receiver set, with two tight ends and three wide receivers, here's how they could threaten the opposition:
At wideout: The 6-4½ Brandon Marshall and 6-3 rookie Alshon Jeffery could line up split out, with 6-0 Earl Bennett or 5-11 Dane Sanzenbacher the third receiver; Sanzenbacher is more suited to play inside. This is dependent, too, on the recovery of 5-11 Johnny Knox from a severe late-2011 back injury.
At tight end: Returning are 6-7 Matt Spaeth and 6-6½ Kellen Davis, who could be used as sixth, or sixth and seventh linemen to buttress a shaky line. And fourth-round pick Evan Rodriguez, an athletic 6-2 tight end, could get some playing time if he proves his worth as a receiver too.
You've got to think a corps with this type of size would be a huge advantage -- especially in the red zone -- but a lot of its success depends on the play calling of Mike Tice. And the former NFL tight end should be able to relate to his men pretty easily. He's 6-7 himself.
Height, height, height.
Conjures memories of the Chargers two years ago, when they could send three receivers 6-4 or taller downfield -- Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd and tight end Antonio Gates -- with the 6-2 Legedu Naanee in reserve.
And while maybe those Chargers underachieved, they were pretty kick ass through the air.
We should all be excited for this.
Will the Bears WR and TE height be a positive factor for the team's 2012 offense?
Yes -- air raid, baby! (141 votes)
Maybe -- depends on the plays (23 votes)
No -- height's overrated (Wes Welker, Steve Smith, etc.) (2 votes)
I don't know (0 votes)
166 total votes