How have the Wide Receivers looked for the Chicago Bears through the first week of training camp?
The biggest news from camp so far is that Anthony Miller has hardly practiced with a shoulder injury. Miller had issues in his rookie season with the Chicago Bears that lingered into year two with his shoulder. He looked comfortable late into last season, so to see that the shoulder is bugging him again is not a good sign.
The Chicago Bears need a step forward from Miller in the worst way, so to see that he is not getting any time with Nick Foles is an issue. He hasn’t been able to build off of anything with Trubisky, and his shoulder issues bring warnings of regression to his old self more than progression into a year three stud.
Beyond that, Ted Ginn has taken a firm hold of Taylor Gabriel’s role last season. Fans wanted to see a step forward from Riley Ridley and Javon Wims, but unless Miller is injured into the season, it appears neither has been able to keep up with the long term veteran.
Beyond that, it has been Darnell Mooney who has seen more praise than Wims or Ridley this offseason. The buzz around Mooney is stronger than either when they were rookies, and that is despite no preseason.
Mooney profiles as a receiver similar to Ginn and Gabriel, and it is possible that he would be next off the bench for Ginn before Wims or Ridley.
Ridley could take his route running into the slot without Miller. However, the Bears are hoping that a trio of Robinson, Miller and Ginn makes any younger receiver contributions to be icing on the cake.