Chicago Bears expected to add Taylor Gabriel

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Taylor Gabriel
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Taylor Gabriel /

The Chicago Bears continue to build up their offense. They are expected to bring in wide receiver Taylor Gabriel

The Chicago Bears were expected to be all-in on Albert Wilson. However, when the Miami Dolphins swooped in and raised the stakes, the team was not willing to over pay for slot help. Instead, they turned to Taylor Gabriel, agreeing to terms on a four-year deal.

The money has not be announced yet, but all indications are that he is not going to break the bank in the way that Albert Wilson did in Miami. However, for the value, this is likely a better addition.

Gabriel spent four seasons in the NFL, two with the Cleveland Browns, and two with the Atlanta Falcons. In 2016, he posted a career year with 579 yards and six touchdowns. Unfortunately, as the offense in Atlanta took a step back as a whole, Gabriel saw his statistics decline.

Gabriel caught 33 passes, just two less than a year before. However, he saw over 200 less receiving yards, going down to 378. He also declined from six touchdowns to one.

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This likely has a lot to do with the step down in offensive coordinator from Kyle Shanahan to Steve Sarkisian. It is worth noting that his only strong season in Cleveland also was with Shanahan.

However, this is where Matt Nagy came in. The key is getting Gabriel the ball in space. He may not be a deep burner or consistently open. However, with the ball in his hands and in space, he is lethal. Screens, reverses and drag routes are his key, and something Nagy lived on in Kansas City. If any offensive mind can bring out those bigger numbers from Gabriel, it would be Matt Nagy.