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Anthony Miller has had a very up and down stint with the Bears so far

Surprise No. 4: Anthony Miller falls down the depth chart

Anthony Miller was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2018 draft. The Bears traded up to draft Miller, which General Manager Ryan Pace loves to do. The early returns were pretty solid on Miller.

In his first season, Miller racked up over 400 yards and seven touchdowns, the latter of which remains a career-high for him. He built upon that season in 2019 by going over 600 yards, while only finding the end zone twice.

Unfortunately, he did a complete 180 in 2020. Going into the season, Miller had a great chance to solidify himself as the Bears’ number two option behind Allen Robinson. The rise of Darnell Mooney and the decline of Miller caused him to be featured less and less in the offense.

The Bears added quite a few new pieces to position this past offseason. Adding Marquise Goodwin and Damerie Byrd through Free-agency, while drafting Dazz Newsome out of North Carolina. Newsome has since suffered a broken collarbone and will miss significant time but Miller will have his work cut out for him if he wants to remain a focal point of this offense.

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Miller’s talent has never been the problem but is his inconsistencies and seemingly change in attitude last year did him no favors. All of this came to a head when Miller was ejected from a playoff game for throwing a punch.