5 Chicago Bears who benefit from the playoffs

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Nov 1, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA;Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet (85) practices before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Cole Kmet

We all know rookie tight ends do not come out of the draft and take over the NFL. So, it was extremely promising to see Cole Kmet start slow, but find himself late into the season. Now, Kmet gets to take on playoff experience in his first NFL season to see just how big the jump is.

Kmet will valuable in a variety of ways. To start, with this untested offensive line against an elite defensive line, you can expect to see Kmet blocking. Kmet pulls and gets to the second level often with his blocks, and the Chicago Bears will need to see him execute these blocks to keep the Saints off the quarterback and running back.

Beyond that, he has to be an outlet. Mitch Trubisky has been a check down player in recent weeks. Unfortunately, with Darnell Mooney likely out for this game, one more big check down option is gone. Kmet has to be a safety blanket who is open and therefore his quarterback. The Bears will rely on this rookie in the run and pass game. However he plays, getting this experience will go a long way.