The Bears knew they needed an upgrade at receiver, and had they not traded for Cutler, Angelo admitted he was going to draft a wideout in the first round.
When the Cutler trade took them out of the running for a top prospect, the Bears went with quantity, choosing Juaquin Iglesias in the third round, Knox in the fifth and Derek Kinder in the seventh. Knox might have been the least likely to contribute immediately by virtue of his background at the Division II school where he played for two years after spending two seasons at Tyler (Texas) Junior College.
With Kinder cut and Iglesias destined to be inactive on game days for the foreseeable future, Knox has come on as fast for the Bears as he ran the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine (less than 4.3 seconds). Knox caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 17-14 victory Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers and led the team with six receptions for 70 yards.
His emergence hasn't been by design. Knox was forced into action the previous week because a quad strain sidelined Devin Aromashodu.