Chicago Bears: 5 Players who exceeded expectations

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Jimmy Graham, Tight End

This move had to have been the most slandered move of the offseason for the Bears. The Bears signed Jimmy Graham to a two-year deal worth $16 million. Many people thought he was washed and it was a waste of money, but Graham proved otherwise.

Even though the Bears also had rookie Cole Kmet eating up targets, Graham proved his worth greatly with his red-zone work. Graham caught 50 passes for 456 yards and eight touchdowns. Although his yards weren’t that high, he saw his workload decrease near the end of the season because Kmet was playing so well.

Graham additionally had an acrobatic touchdown catch on the last play of the Bears’ playoff game in 2020. It may have been his last catch though as it will save the Bears money if they let go of him this season and Kmet is playing well.

Overall, it was good for Kmet to learn from one of the best tight ends in the last ten years and the Bears got a lot of production out of him. They could’ve gotten more as well if Matt Nagy knew how to use him, but he still was very surprising to many fans.