Training camp is scheduled for July 28, and for the first time in 18 years, the Chicago Bears won’t be in Bourbonnais. And because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fans won’t be allowed to attend practices at Halas Hall, either. With camp approaching, let’s take an early look at who’s on the team right now.
• 2019 stats: 98 catches, 1,147 yards, 7 TD; 80.8 grade from Pro Football Focus in 16 games
• 2019 stats: 52 catches, 656 yards, 2 TD; 66.0 grade from PFF in 16 games
Ted Ginn Jr.
• 2019 stats: 30 catches, 421 yards, 2 TD; 56.7 grade from PFF in 16 games
• Javon Wims, Riley Ridley, Cordarrelle Paterson, Darnell Mooney, Trevor Davis, Ahmad Wagner, Thomas Ives, Alex Wesley
What to Watch For:
Ultimately, progress toward a potential Allen Robinson extension is something everyone wants. And since the Bears have made a habit of extending their own during the summer months during the Ryan Pace era, this situation bears monitoring. Unfortunately, so far, the Bears have not officially approached Robinson with an extension just yet.
We Really Like:
Adding speed threats like Ted Ginn Jr. and Darnell Mooney should give the offense a boost. Last season, the lack of a pass-catching burner over-the-top limited the Bears’ playbook. Thus, allowing defenses to focus on clamping down on the intermediate game. In other words, not having a vertical threat took away the one area of strength Mitchell Trubisky thrived at in 2018. In the end, speed could be the thing that kick starts the offense.
We Might Be Worried About:
Robinson is great. There are, however, issues throughout the position group.
For example, it’s important Anthony Miller shows he can provide consistent production. Additionally, Ted Ginn Jr. must prove he still has speed to burn at age 35. On top of that, a youngster (Riley Ridley? Javon Wims?) needs to take the next developmental step. Similarly, it would be nice if an unexpected breakout happened with one of the undrafted free agents.
In conclusion, this group has potential. HOWEVER, until it manifests itself in splash plays, opposing secondaries won’t respect Chicago’s receivers.
So here’s to seeing a whole lotta this in 2020:
Above all, whichever QB wins the camp battle — whether it is Trubisky or Nick Foles — has to get the receivers the ball in space so they can make plays. If they don’t, the offense will be limited (again).