Why Cole Kmet is perfect for the Bears
As I’ve mentioned in the past, Chicago had a historically bad season at the tight end spot last year. This will be a huge point of focus going into 2020, as improving the offense has to start somewhere. We’ve seen Matt Nagy get creative in Kansas City with Travis Kelce, and Cole Kmet is one of few guys in the league with the same physical gifts as the Chiefs’ Pro Bowl tight end.
One signing that many Bears fans might consider to be an obstacle would be the recent acquisition of former Saint, Seahawk, and Packer, Jimmy Graham. He’s a near-certain Hall-of-Famer and will be dawning the navy blue and burnt orange for the first time in his career. He’ll easily take away early playing time from the 2nd round pick, but he’ll also provide a vitally important helping hand to a young rookie in a tough league.
Graham isn’t as productive as he once was, so he won’t be able to play a majority of snaps as the tight end. This is where Kmet will come into play. Don’t be discouraged when he’s used sparingly early, because he’ll likely be slowly introduced to this offense and explode late onto the scene.
At 6’6″ 262 lbs, he has a size that can’t be taught and he’s shown that he has the athleticism to match it during his time at Notre Dame. To me, the only question here is the when. When will he become a standout player in Chicago?