Bears new receiver has standout potential

He doesn't mind using his muscle for blocking, and he should help Matt Forte's game.

He is a hard worker who watches a lot of tape, hits the weights and practices with intensity.

Con: Marshall is not the most consistent player.

His 12 drops in 2011 were the second most in the NFL. He has dropped 51 passes in his career.

He caught 57.4 percent of the passes thrown to him last year. Six Dolphins had a higher percentage. So did Roy Williams of the Bears, who caught 58.7 percent.

The scout said he believes Marshall has good hands, but he drops some balls because of lack of concentration.

Given his size and ability, you would think Marshall would excel in the red zone and on third downs. But that wasn't the case last year.

On third downs, Marshall caught 47.4 percent of the passes his way (18 of 38). Davone Bess was the Dolphins' best third-down receiver, catching 61.9 percent of his passes.

Last year in the red zone, the Dolphins threw to Marshall 20 times but he caught only six passes. Thirty-six players had more red zone catches. Some of this was because of the Dolphins' instability at quarterback.

In his career, he has caught more than seven touchdown passes in a season only once — he had 10 with Cutler in 2008.

Nevertheless, if the Bears can live with the cons from Marshall, they are going to love the pros.

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