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Bear Minimum
Andrew Lawrence
November 12, 2012
How bad have Chicago's pass catchers been? Since the 1970 NFL merger the Bears have averaged 186.9 receiving yards per game, the fewest for any team, and have seen a player top the 1,000-yard mark only seven times, tied for the second fewest. Marcus Robinson joined that fraternity in 1999. Alas, he's also among these Bears who couldn't catch a break.
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November 12, 2012

Bear Minimum

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How bad have Chicago's pass catchers been? Since the 1970 NFL merger the Bears have averaged 186.9 receiving yards per game, the fewest for any team, and have seen a player top the 1,000-yard mark only seven times, tied for the second fewest. Marcus Robinson joined that fraternity in 1999. Alas, he's also among these Bears who couldn't catch a break.

WENDELL DAVIS

1988--93

LSU All-America broke out in '91 (945 yards, six TDs) before breaking down two years later, severing the patellar tendons in both knees on the infamous turf at Philly's Veterans Stadium.

TOM WADDLE

1989--94

Undrafted free agent out of BC led Chicago in catches and yards in '91 and '92 but was forced to retire in '95, at 28, after multiple concussions and an illegal hit that led to seven stitches on his chin.

BOBBY ENGRAM

1996--2000

Eighth on the Bears' alltime receptions list, he was considered kaput after tearing his right ACL in '00. Instead, he played nine more seasons with the Chiefs and Seahawks, for whom he had six catches in Super Bowl XL.

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