In his first full year as a professional, Marquess Wilson gained weight, experience and knowledge.
The 6-3 receiver reported to the Bears’ organized team activities — which resume Wednesday at Halas Hall — last month at 207 pounds, having added bulk and explosiveness after participating in fellow receiver Brandon Marshall’s offseason workouts in Florida.
‘‘It’s better [than] last year because last year I was thinking a lot on the field,’’ Wilson said. ‘‘This year I can just play. I feel freer on the field. It just feels good.’’
The Bears are counting on him. Despite catching only two passes last season, Wilson is penciled in as their No. 3 receiver behind Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
‘‘If I know my role and if I know the plays, I shouldn’t feel pressure on myself,’’ said Wilson, a seventh-round draft pick in 2013. ‘‘I can’t play with pressure. I’ve got to play with confidence.’’
Wilson is the rare WR handcuff because he's likely to post fantasy starter numbers if either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery miss time with injury.