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The Positional Quick 3: Wide Receivers

| June 11th, 2018

I’m traveling in Dingle, Ireland years ago and I’m exhausted. This was my first day ever in Europe and I couldn’t keep my eyes open at 4:30 in the afternoon. My uncle turns to me and says, “Have a quick three. You’ll be fine.” I drank three Guinness in the span of a half hour. Seven hours later I’m dancing to a shitty Irish house DJ with Jenny Pye, a local lass who dreamed of being an EMT in New York City.

I’m very tired of this 2018 off-season. And incredibly eager for the season to begin. So I’m taking the quick three approach to each position group as we head into the summer. Not grading the groups or anything. Just making some points.


Wide Receivers

  • When I speak to people around the Bears about this position group, the player they keep talking up is Taylor Gabriel. The Bears do not believe Gabriel was properly utilized in Atlanta and believe the Nagy/Helfrich offense suits him to perfection. If he didn’t have a chip on his shoulder going into 2018, PFF seems to have clearly put one there.
  • The comp that makes my heart sing when it comes to Anthony Miller is Steve Smith. But fans should remember it took Smith three seasons to become a big-time NFL player and five before he found the consistency required to be a star. Yes, he was drafted when the rules were different but the the jump from Memphis to the NFL is not one that should be taken lightly.
  • Robinson. Gabriel. Miller. Fowler. Can Kevin White make this team without contributing on special teams? And would the Bears even want to risk a chronically-fragile player on those plays? White needs a big summer.

Tomorrow: Tight Ends

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  • SC Dave

    Maybe between Robinson and White there will be 16 starts at WR?

    • JC

      ? Robinson tore his ACL. It is very rare for a player not to return 100% from an ACL tear. He played 16 games in each of his previous 2 seasons. He might start a little slow as he gains trust in his knee (as does almost every single player recovering from an ACL tear) but he’s been a very durable WR and will likely be a major asset to this team.

      • SC Dave

        Your reference? Of course players are going to *say* they are 100% back, but torn ligaments are torn ligaments.

        But yes, many do come back to play full time, and we all hope Robinson does and returns to old form. Only time will tell, of course.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          Over/under for combined Robinson and White starts is maybe…20-22 games?

          Thinking on possible injuries and whether White goes to the bench in-season.

        • JC

          Here is a 4 year old article proclaiming the success of ACL repair. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread141119offense/acl-injuries-all-star-nfl-lineup-recovered-knee-reconstruction-surgery

          Follow this twitter feed for tons of good information:

          https://twitter.com/ACLrecoveryCLUB

        • Sactowns#1

          I have a dead guys ACL. After a day of skiing that knee actually feels better and more stable than my god given knee.

          • CanadaBear

            My replaced knees feel better than they have in the last decade +. Science! What a concept!

          • AlbertInTucson

            That’s great, but, you aren’t running slants or go routes on them, are you?

          • CanadaBear

            I could but my idea of running and yours may differ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NTM Robinson is about 40+ years younger. it seems like they can do a good job fixing knees but shoulders are another story.

          • JC

            Yeah, I saw a documentary on this a couple of years back and they said the “trick” is to reconnect it so it is not too tight and not too loose. I guess they make it a smidge tighter than it’s supposed to be and then rely on physical therapy to loosen it up a little. The surgery is art. A couple of players actually said their knee was bettermore stable than before the tear.

          • CanadaBear

            My second knee replacement the surgeon said my foot was landing 18 degrees off center. He had to twist the hell out of it but it lines up correctly and is working great. Gotta admit it was crazy sore for a while.

          • SC Dave

            Interesting stuff, I imagine. May read later when I have wifi.
            Thanks!

          • AlbertInTucson

            Running. Not in my reportoire anymore unless I need to escape a fire or such.

          • CanadaBear

            I was unable to run for the last 15 years or so due to pain. Now I can run (most would call it a jog) but the doc said running will reduce the life of the knee replacement. I wasn’t planning on running so it hasn’t been an issue.

          • leftcoastdave

            Bix lives.

          • JC

            Probably not but Keenan Allen does. Jeremy Maclin rebounded with a 1000 yard season. Chris Harris is an all Pro. Paul Richardson had other injuries in addition to his ACL and he keeps getting better. If you were a marginal player to begin with, you’re not going to come back better. But if you’re a young star, they almost always come back just as good – or nearly so.

            Another really good article: https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/how-do-acl-tears-affect-wide-receivers-numbers-are-promising-allen-robinson-cameron-meredith

          • willbest

            skiing can be pretty rough on the knees unless you are rocking the bunny slopes.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Never did have snow-skiied.

            I’m sure I’d have would up like Sonny Bono.

          • leftcoastdave

            George of the Jungle.

  • T.dyon

    I’m rooting for White, but I’m not sure if can run routes the way this system requires. Trubisky needs to throw with anticipation, which requires trust in White to be where he needs to be at the right time.

  • CanadaBear

    Unless Nagy and the O coaches are fools gold, there should be a huge difference in the O this year. No reason to be negative about Robinson and White at this point. I’m not counting on anything from White but I’m also not counting on him getting hurt again. The young man is due for some injury luck this year. Hopefully he can showcase his talent and get his career on track. I’m not worried about Robinson being healthy by training camp. I haven’t read even one article about any complications during his recovery.

    • willbest

      Tice was an o-line genius, or so I was informed. Its all hype until we see what they actually do.

      The S&C staff can’t be any worse than it has been though, so as long as Nagy & Co. are merely competent there should be a sizeable uptick in production.

      • CanadaBear

        Yeah the Tice/genius stuff was dubious even at the time. I remember Harry being a good OL coach from his previous stint. NTM gettting 4 OLmen drafted in the first rd in the last few drafts is a pretty good indication he’s doing something right.

    • SC Dave

      I expect Howard to be a fucking monster

      • CanadaBear

        Me too. He may not be Matt when it comes to receiving but I’m convinced he will be fine this season. I can’t wait to see him get the ball when the box isn’t stacked.

  • leftcoastdave

    I’m liking this for O-line depth if Harry can perform his magic:

    “A player to watch in training camp is Rashaad Coward. As a rookie,
    Coward played on the defensive line but was moved to offensive tackle
    this spring. At 6’6 – 320, Coward has the size, length, strength and
    athleticism coaches want at tackle. Still, it’s a difficult conversion
    from defensive line to offensive tackle. How Coward plays in the
    preseason could go a long way toward determining how good the depth
    along the offensive line is.”

    The article is about the talent across the board with the only significant hole being Edge, depending upon whether somebody steps up out of that group. I think it is less of a problem than it has been made out to be.

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2018/06/11/gabriel-is-this-most-talented-chicago-bears-club-in-past-decade/aol48w9/

    • CanadaBear

      Big Cat did it successfully years ago. Can’t remember another Bear pulling that off. The O suits MT really well so I think the learning curve won’t be as steep as predicted.

    • That Guy

      I was right about to jump on and mention Big Cat being a fixture at ROT after being converted from DT.

      Coward is a great story; I really hope he makes the move and finds his groove at OT. That’d be fantastic, even if it takes him all this season, to have a big upgrade at RT on the roster as a young guy. Next draft/offseason could be spent 100% on D line, Edge, and CB.

  • SC Dave

    Oh by the way, gents (and the rest of you too), I’m likely to be scarce for a couple of weeks.

    I’m sure you’re dismayed.

    But if my Beeline sim is awesome… and I feel like distracting myself from Moscow, St. Petersburg and group play, maybe I’ll post.

    I’ll root for Iceland and Mexico… and the hosts when others are watching me.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    • willbest

      Look Dave, if you can’t find time for the Bears in mid June with all that has been going on around here of late, I seriously question your commitment to this team, this site, and football in general.

    • You’re going to Russia, Dave?
      Watch out for those honey traps!

      • SC Dave

        Testing you from Moscow presently.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Irish is going to cream himself after seeing this.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/mike-ditka-says-mitch-trubisky-164226533.html

    Ditka compares Trubs to McMahon.

    • John F

      And Trubisky only has 71 fewer NCAA passing records ……..

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Doesn’t matter. If Irish even thinks someone is about to say something about Ditka or McMahon he is gets half a chub.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Yeah, that many college records suggests that Ditka just wanted to take another shot at McMahon with a backhanded compliment calling him not talented as Trubisky.

        “I was with the guy who played quarterback for us last night, Jim McMahon, he wasn’t the most talented guy in the world but he knew how to play the position,” Ditka said. “He wanted to win. I think that’s the way Mitch is, but I think Mitch is a very, very talented guy.”

        Ditka still trying to stay relevant in the 21st century.

        • McMahon showed up to his first film meeting w a beer.

          That’s prob not the greatest first impression you can give to your boss

          McMahon, you beautiful bastard

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            How else are you supposed to watch hours of game film?

      • Has Trub mooned the newscopters yet?

        That’s worth a few records.

    • SC Dave

      Good thing Ditka ain’t getting near Trubisky.

  • Malice Halice

    Idk which units gonna be the best. It’s amazing to feel this way! I mean even da TE unit could end up being a front runner. I don’t think I’m naive to feel this way at all. We got talent in all units, as well as capable savages to fill in. This could be a year where da past 3 draft picks ALL go to da pro bowl (popularity contest yea, but still).

    • If the interior oline holds up, if Trub digests the playbook relatively quickly, and the WRs go where they’re supposed to be, this O should resemble a modern O, something we haven’t had in far too long.
      This is prolly the most promising O since Trestman’s first offseason

  • leftcoastdave
    • willbest

      Unlikely since he was an UDFA.

  • willbest

    I sort of hope Disney wins the bid for Fox because Disney plans on launching a streaming competitor to netflix in 2019 and it would be way better with the Fox catalog. Also, an Avengers v. X-men movie would be amazing good or amazingly bad.

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