5 stats to know about Chicago Bears WR Dazz Newsome
1. Not a deep threat
It may be clear by his slot presence and lack of speed, but this is not someone that is going to push the safeties back when he gets onto the field. This is not an indictment, but rather to say that Newsome is going to win closer to the line of scrimmage.
Last season he caught five passes that went over 10 yards in the air. On the other end, he caught 15 screen passes. His average depth of target was 9, which ranked 291st amongst college receivers last year.
According to PFF, he had 21 catches within nine yards, 10 from 10-19 yards, and five deep catches. He had 26 targets within nine yards, 14 10-19, and 11 deep targets. They are not going to stretch the field with him.
Overall, for a sixth-round pick, you should not expect much. Newsome is a great route runner out of the slot, he is reliable, and he can return punts. Asking him to do much more may be stepping out of his range. Still, that has a role in the NFL and with the Chicago Bears.