There has been much debate in Chicago about allowing Devin Hester to focus on his return game and making Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett to be the starting receivers. “The No. 1 receiver is overrated,” Angelo said. “We’re a receiver-by-committee and that’s a good thing because anybody on any given game could be the guy. So we’ve done a good job of getting all the guys integrated into the offense.” The share-the-wealth, spread-the-ball-around philosophy is working fairly well for the Bears, with five players having between 27 and 38 receptions. But Knox, not Hester, is the team’s best deep threat. He has 672 receiving yards this season, more than twice as many as any other Bear. That alone makes him the clear-cut top dog. Knox's 18.2 yards per catch ranks eighth in the NFL among players with 20 or more receptions. Knox is on pace to finish with 1,075 yards, which would make him the first Bear to crack the barrier since Marty Booker.
Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White returned to practice on Monday after signing a six-year contract extension on Saturday.
White was first in line for drills and was quickly re-inserted into the starting offense.
Also, wide receiver Marty Booker reported for his first practice after signing on last Thursday.
Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring) returned to practice after missing a week.