Chicago Bears Training Camp Rumblings: Wide Receiver
How have the Chicago Bears wide receivers looked in training camp so far?
With a small down period at training camp, it is a good chance to look back at the first week and see who is making waves. Remember these are just first week notes before any games. These notes should help guide us to what is going on, but in no way can we make assumptions yet.
Allen Robinson is healthy, and that is about all you need to hear. He has had a few scheduled off days mixed in with full workout days to keep him easing along. However, he appears to be ready to go for the season. A bright note from Robinson early in camp is his work ethic and enthusiasm in the video room.
So far, Gabriel has been everything that Matt Nagy thought he would be. Gabriel has been the speed threat in the offense and has lined up everywhere, giving the team a variety of looks.
His ability to take the top off should prove to be a huge role.
Anthony Miller has had the most exciting reports come out of camp so far. The rookie seemed to take no time getting on the same page with Mitchell Trubisky, and he has worked well with the first team offense and against the first team defense.
Miller has played inside and outside and has had his moments against Prince Amukamara and Bryce Callahan.
Miller is showing early on that he has an extensive route tree. He had a long touchdown reception from Trubisky early into camp and seemed to have a very well rounded game. We will see if this can continue into the preseason.
Kevin White is healthy, do you need to hear anything else? If that is not enough, it is also worth noting that White is arguably the most active player in training camp so far.
The team needs to see what the heck they have in him and are using the extra reps to see it. White has lived up to the increased chances so far. He has looked sharp, and has made contested catches over the middle, down the sideline and has run after the catch.
A healthy Kevin White fits into the fourth receiver spot on the depth chart. Still, with his talent and with how strong he has looked in camp so far, there is speculation that there is a role for him in the offense in 2018.
Little talk has come out on Wims so far. Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune noted that he had had a couple of drops so far. While the pass below is behind him, a deflection off of his hands turns into an interception.
It is early, and he is a seventh-round pick. However, so far, he appears to be more prepared for practice squad than the 53-man.
Josh Bellamy will never leave. After starting camp injured, he has bounced back and developed a decent report with Trubisky and the new skill players.
Matt Nagy said that Bellamy is the loudest mouth in the room, but Taylor Gabriel mentioned that he brings a personality to the room that the team needs.
Bellamy may not be going anywhere any time soon.
Fowler has not done any damage to his stock either. He had a great diving catch over the middle that shows off a catch radius that we have talked about in a previous post.
He also showed some his veteran presence by helping a young cornerback with technique. He is likely competing with Josh Bellamy, so while Bellamy brings swagger, Fowler can win over the coaches with kindness.
Still, Fowler did have a drop as well. His stock may be closer to neutral than on the rise in comparison to Bellamy.
Gentry has made a few nice catches as well. However, he has not quite made the same noise amongst Bears followers compared to last season.