Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a first down catch against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13.
The Chicago Bears' first depth chart of the preseason lists Roy Williams as the starting “S” wide receiver.
That's the spot inhabitted last year by Johnny Knox, who's not exactly thrilled about being bumped. But the diminutive speedster welcomes the competition, and is not asking for a trade.
"When my number's called, plays will be made," Knox said. "When we're competing at a high level it makes you better, makes the person next to you better."
Despite leading the Bears in receptions (51), yards (960), yards per catch (18.8) and touchdowns (5), Knox was moved in favor of the big-bodied Williams, who's familiar with Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz's system. Martz is high on Knox -- whom he said was given the No. 1 spot over Earl Bennett in 2010 not because of skill but because of speed.
"Johnny’s very talented," Martz explained. "He’s very young and he’s still learning how to play. Guys like Johnny just got to learn to be consistent."
Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported a Knox source as saying the third year wide receiver from f Abilene Christian University, "may" want to find a new home if he wasn't in the starting lineup by the September 11th opener.
A story that so infuriated position coach Darryl Drake he angrily drove off the practice field in his golf car, nearly taking out the throng of media surrounding him.
The story also infuriated Knox himself. He told NBCChicago the story was not true, and tweeted @JKnox13:
"If y'all think ima give up that easy y'all crazy!!!!!!" With one month before the season opener, its still early to see who will start at the "X" receiver position.
Lovie Smith might be the only person not peeved. He firmly believes competition brings out the best in everyone.