Chicago Bears: Realistic approach to building a better offense
By Joseph Herff
The Chicago Bears Wide Receiver corps. will look very different
- Rashod Bateman (R)
- Darnell Mooney
- Josh Reynolds (FA)
- Riley Ridley
- Phillip Dorsett (FA)
The Bears here would need to completely turn their wide receiver room over. Allen Robinson for me in this scenario gets the franchise tag but is traded for offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. with the Baltimore Ravens. The Bears then would draft Rashod Bateman out of Minnesota with their first-round pick. Bateman is a silky, smooth route runner that is compared to Keenan Allen by his skill set and physical attributes. He will be very good as a rookie and for a long time.
Darnell Mooney clearly would be the number two. The 2020 fifth-round pick played outstanding for a rookie last season and proved to be a steal of the 2020 NFL Draft. Mooney is going to be a great deep threat and overall wide receiver for years. He needs to put on some size though.
The Bears would then need to add insurance and they would do this by signing Josh Reynolds. Reynolds never got a true shot with the Los Angeles Rams, but he looked good while playing alongside the likes of Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks, and Robert Woods the past few seasons. Reynolds could just need a change of scenery to show what he can really do.
We still haven’t really seen what the Bears have in Riley Ridley, but he has looked solid in a limited fashion. He is constantly inactive, but maybe we see him more next year? Phillip Dorsett would be added as insurance as a solid deep threat with his blazing speed and a veteran at wide receiver. Anthony Miller should be released for many reasons along with Javon Wims.