Bellamy recorded 19 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns during the 2015 season. Bellamy was active for all 16 games and even saw a couple of starts at wide receiver due to an assortment of injuries, but he rarely provided much of an impact. Still, Bellamy is a valued member of the Bears' special teams units, and that skill may be enough for him to retain a roster spot coming out of training camp next season.
Bellamy will be one of the Bears' starting wideouts in Sunday's game against the Lions, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. Bellamy filled in for Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) last week against the Buccaneers, catching two balls for 10 yards. With Jeffery and Eddie Royal (illness) both ruled out for the season finale, Bellamy could stand to see increased targets, but it's more likely the Bears rely more heavily on the ground game.
Bellamy is expected to enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) inactive. Bellamy, who caught one ball for seven yards on his two targets during last week's loss to the Vikings, should see his snap count increase exponentially Sunday. However, in his previous start back on Dec. 6 against the 49ers, Bellamy made only one catch for 16 yards, so he's not expected to see much volume in the passing game, in spite of his uptick in field time.
Bellamy played only three offensive snaps and didn't see a target in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Redskins. After starting for the Bears a week earlier against the 49ers when Eddie Royal (knee) and Marquess Wilson (foot) were out, Bellamy plummeted all the way to the fifth spot on the depth chart in Sunday's game. All of Alshon Jeffery (56 snaps), a now-healthy Royal (53), Marc Mariani (53), and Deonte Thompson (five) all ranked ahead of Bellamy in playing time.
With Eddie Royal (knee) active for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Bellamy will likely move down to the No. 3 receiver spot on the depth chart. Bellamy started at the wide receiver spot opposite Alshon Jeffery last week against the 49ers while both Royal and Marquess Wilson (foot) sidelined, catching just one of four targets for 16 yards. The return of Royal should result in even lesser volume for Bellamy, making it unwise to count on him for much production Sunday.
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