Chicago Bears: 4 positional battles to watch closely during the offseason

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Wide Receiver

When it comes to the wide receiver position, I am predicting the team keeps no more than seven and more likely it will only be six. Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Cordarelle Patterson are locks to make the final 53-man roster. This leaves three to four other potential players to round out the position.

Riley Ridley is most likely making the team as he cost the Bears a fourth-round pick last season. He played limited snaps and saw limited success, but without Taylor Gabriel on the roster, Ridley should see an expanded role in 2020.

Javon Wims was a seventh-round pick in 2018. He was an upside wide receiver who has hung around and won over the hearts of Chicago Bears fans last year in the offseason camp battles and even the preseason. He did not play as well in the regular season and only caught 46 percent of the passes thrown his way. He also had three drops on the year with only 39 targets. Yikes. He is clearly on the bubble for 2020.

Darnell Mooney was taken in the fifth round by Ryan Pace and should also be a lock to make the team. He brings speed to the team’s wide receiver corps that they lost after cutting Gabriel. WIth a fifth-round price tag, I do not see the team moving on from him unless something drastically goes wrong before the regular season starts.

Now the team also has Tedd Ginn, Jr. I am not sure what the point of bringing him in is though since as I said I only see three to four other receivers making the team. Ginn is going to be 35 this year and although he still might be fast, he is not as fast as he was during his time in Carolina. Ginn has never been more than a complementary piece and I am not sure he makes this roster.

The team has a bunch of other guys on the roster who are not even worth mentioning because they will be lucky if they make the practice squad.

Prediction: Ridley, Mooney and whoever performs better this offseason between Ginn and Wims. As of now, Wims will be the sixth receiver despite his poor 2019 season.