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Wide receivers Iglesias, Knox young talents
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/10/2009 12:04 AM

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BOURBONNAIS - Rookies Juaquin Iglesias and Johnny Knox bring drastically different assets to the team's young group of wide receivers, according to their position coach, Darryl Drake.

"Johnny's got speed, unbelievable body control and really good hands," Drake said. "He has some ability to stretch the field.

"Juaquin's a big, powerful guy, more of a possession guy with strong hands, and he's really starting to come on, getting better each and every day. He's a guy that can be physical and go in there and block.

"Johnny's body is just starting to mature. He's not going to be a guy that's going to go in there and rock your brain blocking."

Both are getting their reps with the second and third team behind starters Devin Hester and Earl Bennett and backups Rashied Davis, Brandon Rideau and Devin Aromashodu, but they'll be given time to mature.

"I try not to make judgments on them too early because usually if I make them real early I'm wrong," Drake said. "The first impression is not always the right impression.

"Back when I was playing (with the Washington Redskins in 1979 and Cincinnati Bengals in '83) they said Steve Largent couldn't play. They said he couldn't catch; they said he was too slow. He became the all-time leading receiver in the game."

As a rookie, Largent was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for an eighth-round pick. But when he retired in 1989, he held NFL career records for receptions (819), receiving yards (13,089) and receiving touchdowns (100).

Those records were surpassed by Jerry Rice, but he, too, got off to a shaky start.

"They were ready to cut Jerry Rice," Drake said. "He dropped so many balls his rookie year they were ready to cut him, and (coach) Bill Walsh said, 'No. Give the guy a chance.'

"You have to give them time, you have to bring them along (slowly). Where we make mistakes as coaches is we make decisions too quickly."

Pleasure trip: Devin Hester looks more comfortable at wide receiver, and, in his fourth training camp, he says he feels like a veteran for the first time.

"My first two or three years, it was kind of like, 'Oh, Lord, camp,' " Hester said. "But this year I feel like I was ready for camp, like I know what's going on and I know what to expect.

"It seems like more of a field trip to me now, going out and just having fun. Bonding with my teammates and just hanging out and getting prepared for the season."

On the move: The Denver Broncos occasionally used rollouts to take advantage of quarterback Jay Cutler's mobility and ability to throw on the move. Cutler hasn't done much of that with the Bears, but it's coming.

"We're getting there," Cutler said. "It's in the playbook. (But) this (Bears) defense we're going against, they kind of prevent that, so we're not getting as much work as we'd like to. But it's definitely going to be part of our package."