Chicago Bears: Way-too-early prediction of 2021 Week 1 offensive starters

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Allen Robinson will be the Chicago Bears top wide receiver come Week 1

This is another obvious one unless Robinson decides to sit out — I don’t believe he will. Honestly, I am hoping that Ryan Pace finds a way to extend Robinson this offseason as he was unable to do it last offseason. Robinson is one of the better wide receivers in the NFL and I would love to see him paired up with the likes of Justin Fields. Honestly, even Andy Dalton seems intriguing to me.

It is also safe to say that Darnell Mooney should be slotted in as the second wide receiver option. Like Cole Kmet, Mooney saw a shift in offensive snaps as the season progressed. Mooney saw an increase in snaps as early as Week 3 last season and was consistently used as the second receiving option by Week 7. This speaks volumes for Mooney, but also makes Anthony Miller (the projected WR2 last year) look even worse.

Mooney finished with a 72.92% snap share last season, while Anthony Miller finished with only a 54.53% snap share. I thought the team would look to add another face and in fact, they added two who could make an impact and maybe even a third. This will be Miller’s last chance to prove himself, but will he earn a second Bears contract or end up elsewhere in 2022?

Personally, I think Miller will get the first crack at the WR3 position in Week 1, but rookie Dazz Newsome and newcomers Marquise Goodwin and Damiere Byrd could push him early.