Chicago Bears: 4 Players whose stock went up vs. Bills

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Chicago Bears Players Whose Stock Rose: Jesse James

The Chicago Bears look to have lucked into signing Jesse James this offseason. James is a six-year veteran in the league but has never been more than an average tight end when it comes to his stats. He had three somewhat productive seasons with the Steelers in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was not what I’d call productive for the Lions in 2019 and 2020 though.

When I say productive, we are not talking earth-shattering stats here. James has never finished with more than three touchdowns and the most yards he gained was in 2018 with 423. Here in Chicago, I don’t expect him to do any better, but what I am hopeful for is that James proves himself as the third tight end in this offense and while we see Jimmy Graham move on to possibly retirement, re-signing Jesse James to an extension to pair with Cole Kmet could be ideal.

With Cole Kmet not playing, James was counted on more than he normally would be and he came through. He finished with four catches for 54 yards in this one. When he played against the Dolphins came away with another two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. This goes beyond the game too as he’s been fantastic in camp and becoming a main target for Justin Fields. This game secures him as the TE3 in the offense, but as I said, I hope it gives him a future here too.