Marc Mariani WR CHI 2 months ago

Mariani signed a one-year extension with the Bears on Saturday, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mariani played in all 16 games for the Bears last season, recording 22 receptions for 300 yards. He also had 29 punt returns for 192 yards as well as 16 kickoff returns for 418 yards. The specifics of the deal have yet to be announced.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 4 months ago

Mariani ended the 2015 campaign with 22 catches for 300 yards and no touchdowns.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was far and away the best season as a receiver for Mariani, who had made his living exclusively as a kick returner prior during his career. However, a number of injuries to the Bears' wideout corps opened up extended opportunities for Mariani, and he developed a surprising rapport with quarterback Jay Cutler. He saved his best work for Week 17 against the Lions, catching six balls for 80 yards while making the start with all of Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, and Eddie Royal sidelined by injury. Despite his accomplishments, there's no guarantee that Mariani will stick around with the Bears in 2016, especially after he routinely showed questionable ball security as a returner and rarely delivered explosive plays.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 4 months ago

Mariani will serve as one of the Bears' starting wideouts in Sunday's game against the Lions, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mariani has been a source of great consistency the last five weeks, finishing with between two and three catches and 31 and 37 receiving yards in each contest. However, those numbers haven't translated to fantasy appeal, so even if Mariani benefits from increased primacy in the passing game Sunday with all of Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), Eddie Royal (illness), and Zach Miller (toe) ruled out, his ceiling remains low.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 5 months ago

Mariani caught two of three targets for a season-high 37 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Redskins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite entering the game fourth on the Bears' depth chart at receiver, Mariani actually outpaced No. 2 wideout Eddie Royal (one catch for 15 yards) and No. 3 wideout Josh Bellamy (no catches) in production. Mariani has been a liability on the Bears' return unit this season, but he's been more productive offensively than at any point in his career. Still, with only 11 receptions and 157 receiving yards on the season, Mariani is hardly an appealing fantasy commodity.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 5 months ago

Mariani caught both of his targets and gained 33 yards in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite entering this season exclusively as a special teams player, Mariani has worked his way up the receiver depth chart to the point where he's often included in three- or four-wideout sets. He's notched at least one reception in five of the last six games, which has helped him compensate to an extent for his lack of reliability as a kick returner.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 6 months ago

Mariani made his first catch of the season in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, gaining 19 yards on the reception.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mariani saw two targets in the game, bringing his total in the department up to six for the season. Although Eddie Royal (knee) seems unlikely to play in the Week 9 tilt with the Chargers, Mariani isn't expected to see a dramatic increase in offensive snaps as a result. His primary utility will continue to come in the return game.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 7 months ago

Mariani failed to catch any of his three targets in Sunday's win over the Chiefs, but did gain 20 yards on three punt returns.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mariani was nearly credited with his first points of the season when he hauled in a target from Jay Cutler on a fourth-quarter two-point attempt, but after an official review, it was determined that the receiver failed to break the plane of the goal line with the ball. Since the reception came on a two-point attempt, Mariani officially has no catches on the season, but it was merely surprising that Cutler even targeted him in such a crucial scenario. Due to his low placement on the Bears' receiver depth chart, Mariani will continue to provide most of his utility on special teams. He's averaging 9.7 yards on seven punt returns and 26 yards on seven kickoff returns this season.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 8 months ago

Mariani returned two kickoffs for 48 yards and one punt for 11 yards in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Packers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Mariani was listed as the Bears' fifth receiver on the depth chart while Cameron Meredith was inactive, but as expected, his duties remained relegated exclusively to special teams. He'll serve as the Bears' kick and punt returner this season, where his sound decision making and skill in avoiding negative plays overrides his lack of game-breaking ability.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 1 year ago

Mariani returned five kickoffs for 142 yards (28.4 average) in Monday's loss to the Saints.

After failing to get much out of their return game in the first half of the season, Mariani has at least made the Bears respectable in that department since taking over returning duties in Week 12. Mariani certainly doesn't have the game-breaking potential of former Bears returning Devin Hester, but his ability to field the ball cleanly and avoid mistakes should keep him in the club's plans for 2015.

Marc Mariani WR CHI 1 year ago

Mariani signed a two-year deal with the Bears on Tuesday.

Mariani will provide the team with assistance in the return game, but he is unlikely to be a major part of the offensive game plan out of the gate. The 27-year-old caught five passes with the Titans back in 2011, and has three career return touchdowns. The Bears waived safety Ahmad Dixon in a corresponding move.