Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Chicago Bears Have A Serious Three-Man Race Unfolding At WR

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They say a crisis equals danger and opportunity. That seems to be the case with the Chicago Bears. On the one hand, the injuries piling up at wide receiver are concerning. Byron Pringle, N’Keal Harry, Velus Jones, and David Moore are all down with health issues. That doesn’t even count tight end Cole Kmet being out too. Justin Fields is running out of weapons. However, not everybody is panicking at these developments. Others see it as their chance to make a bigger impression.



Thus far, the Bears haven’t made any moves to bolster the receiver position. That might be because multiple members of the depth chart have stepped up their performances in the past week, thanks to additional practice reps.

Three names have emerged.

One is veteran Tajae Sharpe, a former 5th round pick of the Tennessee Titans that fell off after a strong rookie year. The next is Isaiah Coulter; another former 5th round pick the Bears picked up last season after getting cut by Houston. Lastly is Dazz Newsome, the team’s 6th round pick from 2021. According to Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Chicago and others at Halas Hall, all three have traded strong days in their battle for a roster spot.

“Bears coaches put 20 seconds on the clock and asked the offense to get into field-goal range with no timeouts. Coulter lined up in the slot to the right and ran a corner route against nickelback Jaylon Jones. Coulter’s route wasn’t the smoothest, but Fields dropped the ball in the bucket, and the receiver got both feet down in bounds inside the 10-yard line.”

“Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy dialed up an RPO with the ball around the 15. Fields faked to Herbert, rolled left, and saw Sharpe coming open in the end zone’s back corner. Fields lofted a ball over a defender and hit Sharpe in stride. The receiver quickly tapped both feet down before his momentum carried him out of bounds.”

 

Chicago Bears are likely waiting to see if this translates to games.

If they weren’t convinced any of those three had something to offer the offense, they would’ve already made a move to add help at wide receiver. Instead, GM Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus are willing to wait and see what happens in the preseason opener on Saturday. The Kansas City Chiefs make for a perfect test. They have a strong roster filled with solid defensive backs. If Sharpe, Coulter, or Newsome are worth anything, they should be able to make two or three plays in that game.

Right now, it looks like Newsome has the upper hand thanks to his status as the team’s starting punt returner. Special teams carries a lot of weight this time of year. Sharpe, though, seems to have a growing connection with Fields. That means Coulter is under the most pressure to perform well. If all three fail to stand out, it may force the Bears’ hand with Pringle and Harry not expected back for weeks.

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ManGod
ManGod
Aug 13, 2022 5:43 am

Newsome and Sharpe both will likely find their way onto the final roster. But, do not overlook Coulter or Saa as both can burn DBs with blazing speed and quick moves.

Thomas J Cameron
Thomas J Cameron
Aug 12, 2022 1:35 pm

Yes, they are all mid to late round picks. But, there is some reason they are still finding roster spots on teams. We are seeing a lot of underdog opportunities this year. Perhaps one of these 3 can fill a spot going forward into next year. Let’s remember that right now Poles is looking for “diamonds in the rough” to help going forward. Winning NOW is not the need; rather, it is finding long term players!

T-Pain
T-Pain
Aug 12, 2022 9:46 am

So many things in the game itself to watch, new O-line, new players etc….I’m most excited to see an NFL offense being run for the first time in a couple years. I’d be happy just to see some competence, things that make sense.

Gator Joe
Gator Joe
Aug 12, 2022 9:03 am

All of these guys are former draft picks from somewhere so they have talent. Who is going to seize the opportunity right in front of them? I predict that Sharpe finds a way to make this roster.

GrinBearIt
GrinBearIt
Aug 12, 2022 8:33 am

It appears to me that Flus and Poles know what they’re doing. I really don’t understand all the angst toward them when they haven’t played ONE game yet. Pace and Nagy had a helluva honeymoon when they came on board. Club Dub meet Camp Accountability.

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