Inside the Chicago Bears Training Camp: Offensive Tackles and Centers

By Bryan Dietzler

Training camp has started for the Bears and we are starting to get an idea of what we can expect from some of the players.  We have seen that Mike Glennon can get the ball out to his receivers well but still has some things to learn.  If he gets some protection, he should be able to complete a few passes and keep the ball moving down the field.

Some of what will help Glennon succeed is getting great protection.  The Bears offensive line is responsible for that of course and is set to make significant strides this season.  They have had some injured players coming back and have bolstered the depth.  The thought is that this offensive line, as it is right now, could be the best in several seasons.  Let’s hope it is, for the Bears sake.

The following is a look at the Bear’s offensive tackles and centers currently on the roster, in training camp.  There is a quick look back at where they have been before this season and some thoughts on what this writer thinks about their ability and where they should stand at the when the preseason ends.

As always, please feel free to share your opinions about the players featured in this article

Tom Compton

The Chicago Bears signed Compton as a free agent this offseason after he spent the previous year with the Atlanta Falcons.  During 2016, he didn’t play often proving he was a backup and not much more.  Now, Chicago will rely on him to back up and step in and start as needed.  But he may only be able to start for a short period and is not an effective long-term starter.  So let’s hope the Bears don’t need him to be a full-time starter.

Outlook: The Bears are going to want to make sure they evaluate Compton closely.  Unless he is horrible, I think that Chicago will keep him on the roster to start the season.  Hopefully, neither Bobby Massie nor Charles Leno, Jr., the projected starters, go down for a long period.  The Bears need Compton on the bench.

Charles Leno, Jr.

Last year’s starter at left tackle is back and will slide right back into his starting role.  Leno does not make a lot of mistakes but he isn’t a dynamic, top tier offensive tackle.  This writer is surprised the Bears didn’t try to go out and find a replacement during the offseason.  It just shows that Chicago is content with him at left tackle, for now.

Outlook: I don’t think that there is anyone in the lineup right now who can replace Leno.  He will be the starter at the left tackle position and remain there, with good health, for the entire season.  Hopefully, he can help keep it up and play well for the entire season.  But next offseason, I suspect the Bears will look for his replacement.

Bobby Massie

I criticized Massie a lot last season, especially early on he struggled.  Massie did firm things up as the season went on but was not “spectacular.”  He will be the Bears starting right tackle again this year, barring a disaster, leaving as many questions as there are answers.  The Bears should have shored this position up in free agency but failed to do so.  Now it’s another year with Massie.

Outlook: Unless Chicago works a trade for a right tackle before the season Massie is our guy.  Not spectacular by any means, he is serviceable and will have to get the Bears through the 2017 season.  Let’s hope he can keep it together another year until the Bears (hopefully) find someone better suited to man the position.

Dieugot Joseph

Joseph came to Chicago as an undrafted free agent this offseason and has a shot at making the practice squad but not the active roster.  He has a lot of raw talent that needs to develop and he can get that kind of help if he lands on the practice squad.  He came into the league with skill, especially in pass protection.  But his mechanics need some work and his footwork isn’t the best.

I think that Joseph will end up on the practice squad and develop for the future.  If he doesn’t end up in Chicago, he will wind up on the practice squad of another team.  He needs more practice reps, as well, to show the coaching staff what he has to offer.  He’s an intriguing prospect but not one who is ready to make an impact in the NFL yet.

Bradley Sowell

Sowell arrived in Chicago this offseason as a free agent.  He has played with the Indianapolis Colts, the Arizona Cardinals and more recently the Seattle Seahawks.  Sowell has six years of experience starting just 21 games in that span.  Like Compton, he’s a good backup who can step into the lineup in a pinch but won’t be a good long term option as a starter.

Outlook: I think that the Bears like Sowell’s experience and they will keep him unless one of the younger guys is good and can supplant him.  That is not out of the question.  I think that Sowell sticks and rides the bench for the entire 2017 season unless there is an injury.

Brandon Greene

Greene has been with the Bears as an undrafted free agent having played tight end at Alabama.  He was projected to be a guard when he came into the NFL and has the size to play that position.  Greene is very raw but gives the Bears some backup at the guard position.

Outlook: Greene is almost strictly backup material and will not make the active roster.  If Chicago thinks he’s good enough, they will place him on the practice squad and see how he develops.  Keep an eye on him and let’s see how he does this preseason.  He just might be good enough to develop further.

Taylor Boggs

Boggs is a center who came to the Bears this year after a stint with the Cardinals.  Interestingly, Boggs was with the Bears in 2013 for the entire season.  In 2014, he participated in four games but was hurt and received an injury settlement.  He was let go in October.  Last year in Arizona he ended his season on the injured reserve list.

Outlook: Health has always been an issue for Boggs.  He has only been healthy for one full season.  If he can prove he can stay upright, I think that he will be the backup center for the Bears in 2017.  With the injury to Eric Kush forcing Chicago to move some personnel around, it would appear as if Boggs has a shot.  The Bears are going to have to decide if Hroniss Grasu is going to be a backup center or guard while Whitehair settles in as the starting center.  That will dictate what happens to Boggs.  Right now, it looks as if Boggs will be a backup guard.

Hroniss Grasu

It’s possible Grasu could be moved to a backup guard spot depending on what happens with the depth at that position.  There has been one devastating injury to the guard position which has set things askew early in camp.  With Eric Kush out of the lineup, it’s likely that Grasu will shift over to guard and be a backup there.  But for now he remains a backup center and I will consider him a center for this review.

Outlook: I think that Grasu is a safe bet to make the team and develop even further in year three.  Remember that he missed the entire season last year and has a lot to catch up on.  He could fill in at center in a pinch but he will spend most of his time backing up at guard.  Unless Chicago figures Boggs can’t make it as a backup center then Grasu will backup Whitehair.

Cody Whitehair

Whitehair was one of Chicago’s most consistent performers last season and that was a treat for Bears fans.  He helped make Chicago’s offensive line on of the best in recent memory and is poised to better in year two.  It’s kind of tough to predict what might happen to him this season, however.  If either Kyle Long or Josh Sitton get injured, he could be thrust into action at one of their spots.  That would force him to vacate the center position and leave Hroniss Grasu as the center, possibly.

Outlook: If Whitehair plays center all season, he could be a Pro Bowl player.  He was almost deserving of the honor last year but surely fell just short.  He has the tools to be one of the best centers in the NFL.  If he can stay healthy, he will shine and be a Pro Bowl center in 2017.

 

Watch Bears Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky Throw His First NFL TD Pass

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Mitch Trubisky had his moment on Thursday, throwing his first NFL TD to new Bears wide out Victor Cruz in a preseason game on Thursday night.

Here’s hoping it’s very much the first of many for the new Bears QB.

Bears Place Center Eric Kush on IR After Tearing Hamstring

The Bears placed center Eric Kush on the injured reserve list and is out for the season, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Kush tore his hamstring off the bone and will need surgery to repair it, according to Bears coach John Fox.

“At the end of practice Friday, he, they thought it was spasms, they thought it was possibly scar tissue,” he said. “But he did tear his hamstring in a completely different place, unfortunately.”

The Bears re-signed Kush, who started four games in his first season with the Bears, to a two-year, $2.7 million deal in February. Kush, who can play both guard and center, was the favorite to be the team’s backup interior lineman.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton out Indefinitely Following Appendectomy Sunday Morning

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Bears coach John Fox told reporters after practice that wide receiver Markus Wheaton underwent an appendectomy Sunday morning and remains hospitalized, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.

“He had some stomach pains last night around 4 a.m., and our training staff did a good job getting him and he had the appendectomy at probably 9 o’clock this morning,” Fox said. “They’ll keep him in the hospital tonight. It’s a scope type of procedure, but they caught it. … It was inflamed, not ruptured, which is a good thing. So he’ll start that recovery process.”

Fox did not offer a timetable on Wheaton’s return to the field.

Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: The Tight Ends

By Bryan Dietzler

Training camp 2017 is finally here, and there is a lot happening across the NFL and with the Bears right now.  The Bears are working hard at shaping a team that we hope will win more games in 2017.  We want a team that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.  Can the Bears provide us with that this year?  There people out there who are looking forward to a new season in Chicago and more wins.  And if this team can put everything together and their talent can gel, they will win more games in 2017.

Chicago has had some good tight ends in the past.  There was the best of the bunch, Mike Ditka.  A little more recently, there were guys like Emery Moorhead and Desmond Clark.  They helped to stabilize the position.  Greg Olsen, if we can remember who he is (ha ha) is a more recent player who did well at the position for Chicago.

At the time of this writing, the Bears have six players at the tight end position heading into training camp.  Some are old faces while others are new to the team.  There is a lot of talent at this position but very little room to have too many of these guys on the team.  I predict that Chicago will only keep four tight ends this season.  The only locks are Dion Sims and Adam Shaheen.  What about the rest of the guys?  What do they have to offer?

We will take an abbreviated look at the tight ends that the Bears have on the roster at the time of this writing.  Let’s explore who should make the team and who won’t.

Ben Braunecker

Braunecker came to the Bears last season and started participating in games immediately.  He played in 13 games catching four passes for 41 yards and no touchdowns.  His size and speed are good, but he still has a lot to learn to be an NFL tight end.  But with just two years of experience, there is still some room to grow.

Outlook: Consider Braunecker, a bubble player whose arrow is pointing up.  While he may not be starter material, he is a pretty nice backup and can stand in when needed.  I think he has an excellent chance to make the roster and be with the Bears during the season.

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is a three-year player who came to the Bears via the Baltimore Ravens last season.  He played in six games and caught 16 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.  He was a nice add on for the Bears and helped stabilize the position after the loss of Martellus Bennett and the injury to Zach Miller.  In fact, Brown started three games giving the Bears’ quarterbacks an extra outlet to throw the ball too.

Outlook: Here is another guy that should be able to make the roster with a strong training camp.  Chicago’s young tight ends are very talented and may push the older guys out.  I think that Brown has an excellent chance of staying on as a backup and will contribute greatly in 2017.  But that’s with a strong camp.

Zach Miller

I am a huge fan of Zach Miller.  I like the guy, and I think he is talented, but he is in serious jeopardy of not making this team.  He is one injury away from not being a Bear, and because of his injury history, Chicago may not want to risk using a roster spot him.  In fact, they may sacrifice him so that one of the younger guys does not get away.

Outlook: Zach Miller is very good when he is healthy, but he is a serious injury risk.  Knowing this, the Bears are going to be very careful with him in training camp.  If they feel he isn’t going to make it through a full set of games this season, then they will let him walk.  The young talent at tight end is too good, and Miller is just too unpredictable.  I think he gets cut at the end of camp.

MyCole Pruitt

Pruitt is a two-year player out of Southern Illinois.  The Bears brought him from Minnesota where he spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons.  Chicago saw something in him that piqued their interest.  While he was in Minnesota, Pruitt played in 17 games with three starts and caught a few passes but not many.  Coming out of college, it was thought that he had a lot of talent as a tight end and could develop into a starter.  But that hasn’t happened yet.

Outlook: He is a guy that we will have to see how he does in training camp to get a good perspective on his status.  He has talent but does he have more than the other youngsters at the position?  Probably not.  Chicago may decide to keep him on the practice squad and that’s where he probably will end up.

Adam Shaheen

This year’s second round draft pick is poised to make an impact in his first year in the league.  From what I hear, the Bears like him and he just might be the top end tight end they have been looking for.  But he has a steep learning curve because, after coming from a Division II program, the step up in competition will be big.  But if he can adjust, he could be one of the top ten tight ends in the NFL in the future.

Outlook: There is no question that he will make the final roster.  But will he start?  He is going to have to have a pretty strong training camp in order do that.  But anything is possible with this kid.  If he doesn’t start then, he will be the number two tight end.  I do suspect he will have his growing pains this year but will end up starting in 2018.

He’s going to be very good in the future.

Dion Sims

Sims is a high priced free agent acquisition, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, that Chicago acquired this spring.  He did not put up spectacular numbers at Miami.  During his career there, he caught just 74 passes for 699 yards and eight touchdowns.  That is not number one tight end production.  And keep in mind that the Bears paid him money that would make it look like he was a top tier tight end.  So they are expecting big things out of him.

Outlook: I don’t think that there is any doubt that Sims makes the roster because of the money that they are going to have to pay him if they cut him.  With that in mind, consider him a lock to make the team.  But does he start?  That decision may come down to (and I hate to say this) money.  I have observed that Sims is a good blocker so perhaps the Bears might be thinking of using him as a blocker more than a pass catcher.  Either way, expect to see a lot of him this season.

Bears Chatting with DE Akiem Hicks About Possible Extension

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The Bears and defensive end Akiem Hicks are engaged in discussions about a possible extension on the eve of training camp, sources told Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Hicks, entering the last season of a two-year contract, is coming off the best season of his career.

Earlier in the day, Hicks said he wanted to get a new contract and retire as a Bear.

“I love the city, man,” he said. “I feel like it’s funny because I was coming to Chicago long before I played for the Bears.

‘‘My mother’s from here. I know when I was a free agent and my mom found out that — I’m a momma’s boy, obviously — Chicago was a team that was interested in me, she was ecstatic. She was excited. She wanted me to be here. She wanted to be able to come here and see her son play in her home city. .?.?.

“I just enjoy my time here, and I’m completely open to ending my career here.”

“I really can’t speak too much about it, but I know this: I know that I’m interested in playing here for a long time,” Hicks said.

Drew Rosenhaus, Hicks’ agent, was spotted on campus at Olivet Nazarene University late Wednesday.

Asked about an extension for Hicks, general manager Ryan Pace said earlier Wednesday that the Bears “keep those things internal.”

Details on Bears LB Jerrell Freeman Saving a Man’s Life by Giving Him the Heimlich

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TMZ.com reports about the latest good deed done by Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who saved a man by giving him the Heimlich in an Austin airport – saving his life!

Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman says he nearly BROKE A MAN’S RIBS while giving him the Heimlich in an Austin airport … but says he quick action saved the dude’s life.

Freeman was on his way to the Bears training camp when he saw a guy choking on brisket at an airport restaurant and immediately snapped into action.

“I tried to squeeze the life out of him and bring him back,” Freeman tells TMZ Sports.

At one point the man told Jerrell he thought he may have cracked a rib, to which Freeman responded — “It’s either one of your ribs or your life man! Gotta take one, leave the other one!”

In the end, Freeman says he successfully dislodged the food from the man’s throat and the guy praised him as a hero and thanked him for saving his life.

Then he went back to eating his brisket.

Seriously!

2017 Chicago Bears Positional Review: The Wide Receivers

By Bryan Dietzler 

The 2017 Chicago Bears will have a bevy of wide receivers heading into training camp this summer. The hope is that they enhance a passing attack that is highly questionable right now.  They no longer have Alshon Jeffery to throw the ball to and because of that, they will rely on underachievers and guys who are “past their prime” to get the ball down the field through the air.

Just glancing at what the Bears have on the roster at this position, things appear to be a little scary.  However, things may not be as bad as they appear if you read into it.  There is a lot of “potential” in this group, and these guys could surprise us all.  But a lot has to happen for them to become an elite corps of receivers and make the Bears’ passing attack effective.

The following is an abbreviated look at all of the players that the Bears have listed at the wide receiver position on their roster.  There is a little bit about each player including where they have been and whether or not they will be on the final roster at the end of training camp.

Which guys will make the cut?  Let’s find out.

Josh Bellamy

Everyone will remember what Bellamy did for the Bears last season.  What did Bellamy do you might ask?  He dropped a lot of passes.  I remember being at the Bears’ game against the Titans where Bellamy dropped several passes that could have won them the game.  He was very frustrating to watch in 2016.  But despite that, the Bears brought him back, and now he stands poised to have another shot at making the roster.  Will he make it?

Bellamy will have to have an outstanding training camp to make this team.  Coaches will remember his struggles in 2016 and keep that in mind when they compare him to some of the other players at his position.  He has some skill, but he might not have enough to earn a roster spot when the dust settles at the end of training camp.

Outlook: I think that Bellamy won’t make the roster unless someone gets hurt.  I think that the talent ahead of him is too “good” for them to keep him.  He could dig into a spot on special teams if he can play lights out there in training camp, however.  Then he would have a better shot at making the roster.  However, it will take a special effort for him to make the team and be a Bear in 2017.

Daniel Braverman

Braverman came to the Bears with a lot of hype last season as fans felt that he could be a “quiet thunder” and help out a stagnant passing game.  His performance in training camp “sold” him to a lot of fans but it didn’t sell the coaching staff.  Braverman didn’t get that many opportunities to show his stuff in 2016 but will get a shot at making the roster again this summer.

The problem with some of these middle to lower tier guys making the roster is what Chicago has invested in the guys ahead of them.  They have some players, such as Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright that will easily make the roster (barring a complete meltdown).  Money and talent will dictate that.  Guys like Braverman will have to try to make their mark on special teams to earn a spot.

Outlook: Braverman is a bubble player on a roster full of bubble players at wide receiver.  I think he has a lot of talent and could potentially make it as a backup.  But this is going to be a tough roster to crack at the receiver position.  Expect Braverman to either just miss the cut and land on the practice squad or make it then spend time moving from the practice squad to the roster and back (due to injuries).  Like most people, I am cheering for Braverman, but I just don’t think he is better than quite a few of the guys ahead of him.  But we will see.

Victor Cruz

The Bears brought Cruz in to give them a veteran presence with experience that could help out the younger guys.  He is talented but how much longer will he last?  He has had injury issues throughout his career and had a serious injury (torn patellar tendon) not that long ago.  In all reality, Cruz is at the end of his career and may not last as long as the Bears would like him to.

I think that the Bears like his veteran presence and I believe that, above all else, that will be why he ends up making the team.  Chicago needs a player at the wide receiver position to act as a “coach on the field” and help bring the newer guys along.  Cruz can be that guy.

Outlook: Unless he gets injured in training camp and can’t go on, I believe that Cruz will end up making the team and will help keep the wide receiver corps together.  I think he might be the “go to guy” that quarterback Mike Glennon will be looking for in the passing game.  That reliable receiving option, if you will.  And if he can stay healthy, he might have one more good season before calling it a career.

Titus Davis

Davis has one year of NFL experience under his belt spending time with the New York Jets last season.  He didn’t see any action.  Some of the upside that Davis has includes being a very good route runner, an ability to find the ball in the air, adjust to throws and he the smarts to play the position.  What he lacks is the ability to get away from speedy cornerbacks and make that “home run” catch.  He will also drop passes and, having played at a lower level of competition in college, needs to be able to adjust to competing against an NFL secondary.

Could Davis end up being this year’s, Daniel Braverman?  Will he win the hearts of Bears fans with a solid training camp?  Could he leave people thinking he is deserving of a roster spot?  We will soon see.

Outlook: Consider his status up in the air as we head into training camp.  We will get a much better idea of how he will stand as training camp goes on.  You never know, he could surprise us, but my feeling is he will end up earning a spot on the practice squad.  I am looking forward to seeing him practice though, and see what he has to offer the Bears.

Tanner Gentry

Gentry, a rookie from the University of Wyoming, was often thrown to deep in college and has the skill to become a deep threat in the NFL.  That’s if he can crack the lineup, of course.  Some of the better things about Gentry include his ability to get out of his breaks quickly, play physically and run accurate routes.

The downside to Gentry is that he has a hard time gaining separation from defenders and needs to work on his route timing a bit.  He doesn’t do too well after the catch struggling to gain a lot of yards after the reception.

Outlook: Like Davis, Gentry is going to be one of those guys that you have to watch in training camp to see if he will make the roster.  A good training camp could cement him into a spot, but it’s much more likely he will be a practice squad player on the Bears squad or another team.

Cameron Meredith

For some reason, people have Meredith pegged as a number one wide receiver and a “solid” one at that.  With just two years of catching passes with ten starts, he isn’t quite a number one receiver just yet.  But he has potential.  Can he deliver?

Meredith could end up being one of the best receivers on the team, and I predict that he will have a strong season.  If Glennon can get him the ball, I think that he will be able to do some good with it.  He could end up being that number one receiver that everyone thinks he can be.

Outlook: Meredith will compete with guys like Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright for the number one receiver spot.  Wright and Wheaton are going to give him a run for his money, so it promises to be a tight race between those three for that top spot.  But I think that Meredith has the edge.  He is going to be a good receiver and will catch a lot of passes for the Bears in 2017.

Ruben Randle

I think that Bears fans may have forgotten about Ruben Randle.  He was picked up earlier this year and figures to be part of the competition in training camp.  But can he make it onto the team’s final roster?

Randle has been in the league for four seasons and almost a fifth, but he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of preseason last year.  He didn’t play football in 2016.  With a year off is he rested up or is he rusty?

Randle came close to gaining 1000 yards in 2014 but never got over that mark in four seasons.  His eight touchdowns in 2015 were the most he scored in a year.  He did help on punt returns early so perhaps Chicago could use him on special teams but that might be unlikely.

So why was Randle off a full year from football?  He had some trouble with discipline when he was with the Giants, and this probably forced a lot of teams to shy away from him.  Perhaps, with a year off, he will have cleaned up his act and will be better.  If he can, he could be useful to the Bears on offense.

Outlook: I think that, unless some of the other guys ahead of him get injured, Randle is going to exit training camp early.  I think that his better days are behind him and that most of the other talent on the roster is better than he is.  Maybe I will be wrong, but I don’t think I will be.

Deonte Thompson

Thompson was often used as a special teams player during his first couple of seasons in Chicago but was used as a receiver more in 2016.  Thompson is not going to be a number one wide receiver by any means and may solely make the team based on his special teams ability.  But, he can be a third or fourth receiver if needed.

He could be a clutch receiver but can he be consistent?  If he can improve his ability to catch the ball, Bears’ quarterbacks might look for him more often.  He might be creative after the catch and gain those extra yards.

Outlook: If the Bears use him as a wide receiver more in training camp then you will see Thompson line up on offense much more during the season.  I think that he will make the team because of his return ability though, but Chicago should try to work him in on offense also.  He won’t be a 1000-yard receiver, or even a 500-yard receiver but could get that critical catch for a first down or catch that last second touchdown pass.

Markus Wheaton

Wheaton was another free agent pickup by the Bears this offseason.  Chicago hopes that he can jump start his sluggish career in Chicago and live up to the hype that followed him into the NFL.  When he was with the Steelers, Wheaton played consistently to begin his career but tailed off especially last year.  Why?  Pittsburgh had several good wide receivers ahead of him, and he lost his starting spot.  Also, he injured his shoulder and was placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum.  Now he is fully healed and ready to go.

There are some that think that Wheaton will be the Bear’s number one wide receiver when training camp is done.  That is not out the question.  He will compete with guys like Meredith and Kendall Wright for that number one spot and just might win it.  The battle for that top spot, with these guys involved, will be the most watched positional battle in all of training camp.

Can Wheaton get back to do what he should have done to start his career and be a top of the line receiver?  I think that he can be great and could live up to the Bears’ expectations.  The talent ahead of him is not as strong as it was in Pittsburgh so I predict he will make a strong case to be number one at wide receiver for the Bears.  It’s got between Wheaton and Meredith.

Kevin White

I have not mentioned Kevin White’s name as being part of the competition for the number one wide receiver spot.  Why?  White, despite the fact he has been with the team since 2015, has only played in four total games catching 19 passes for no touchdowns.  We don’t know what we have in him yet.

Another big question is whether he can stay healthy.  He has suffered from leg problems since day one and has not been able to stay on the field.  This coming season will be crucial for him to prove that he can stay upright and contribute.  Should he get injured again, I think it’s safe to say it will be his last go around in Chicago.

Outlook:  I say this “?”.  Should he be able to stay healthy, I think that he could be a vital asset to the team.  Will he be a number one receiver?  I doubt it.  At least not at the start.  I think it will take him some time to get used to things again and this will slow him down.  But don’t be surprised if he ends up shining at some point.  Of course, it will all depend on whether or not he can stay healthy.  And that’s a bit “if.”

Kendall Wright

We are finally to the end of our look at the Bears’ wide receivers heading into training camp.  Going in alphabetical order leaves us with Kendall Wright as the last player to preview.  Wright is a free agent acquisition formerly of the Tennessee Titans.  He has been in the league since 2012 and was a former first round pick.  His best season came in 2013 when he went over 1,000 yards, but he has been regressing ever since.

Pace must have thought that Wright could resurrect his career in Chicago, so that is why he brought him in.  Wright has talked big, but he needs to show what he can do on the field.  And we will soon get a chance to see exactly what he has.  I think he has something to offer, but it’s not going to be high impact.

Outlook: I have previously mentioned that Wright is going to compete with Bryant and Meredith for the number one wide receiver spot.  However, I think that Wright is not going to earn that spot.  Something about him has me thinking that he will be a second or third option and will contribute but will not do as well as some of the other guys.  But, hopefully, I am wrong about him, and he can step up and get back to the 1000 yard form he had just a few seasons ago.  But, we will see.

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