What is the Bears wide receiver outlook?
By: Jake Rajala
The Chicago Bears don’t have the best experience at their wide receiver position. PFF also didn’t show optimism for their WR group, as they ranked the Bears unit as the worst WR group in the league. The old, top-tier WR Allen Robinson is out of Chicago and in an LA Rams uniform. CHI carries the third-year WR Darnell Mooney, the fourth-year wideout Byron Pringle, and the rook Velus Jones Jr.
Mooney is an ascending wideout — as he unleashed 81 receptions, 1,055 yds, and 4 touchdowns last season. Mooney had a stout 74.7 grade by PFF. He is also embracing the leadership role, as the Bears Wire stated. He is expected to be the scariest weapon in CHI-town moving forward.
Velus Jones will plan to break free in his first season as a pro. His veteran teammate has already expressed a positive impression of the speedster thus far. Jones Jr stated per NBC, “One guy, Velus, man. When he gets the ball, y’all are going to see. He can fly. He can be a playmaker for sure for us.”
Pringle may not have the sexiest production in his career as a Chief, but he did oust a modest stat line last season: 568 yds and 5 TDs. He had a modest outcome, despite being the third-best WR and fourth-most targeted weapon.
It’s no secret that the Bears have a questionable WR unit. They certainly need Velus Jones to be productive early in his career. It may also be wise if they add a FA WR soon, as well. They may miss out on the OBJ sweepstakes, but they could target one of the following WRs: Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, Cole Beasley, and Emmanual Sanders. After all, Justin Fields deserves to be the next young, superb QB in the NFL.