Chicago Bears: Predicting the offensive depth chart for Week 1

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Chicago Bears Depth Chart: Wide Receivers

The backend of the wide receiver group is where we will see some action. The first two spots were a lock and it appears the third and fourth were set too.

WR1: Allen Robinson

Did you think anyone other than Allen Robinson would be the top receiver on the depth chart? Well, it could have been the case if the receiver did not decide to sign his franchise tag and play this year. Allen Robinson won’t be back, unfortunately. The bridge has been burned it seems between him and the Chicago Bears front office. The chances of him returning in 2022 are slim unless the team franchise tags him for the second year in a row. If that happens, I’d expect a holdout.

WR2: Darnell Mooney

Can Darnell Mooney be a WR1 in an offense? As much as I love Mooney, I am not so sure he will be able to maintain the top wide receiver status in any offense. That said, he makes for a great WR2. Mooney had a bit of a breakout season his rookie year, but his true breakout season should come in 2021 — especially if his quarterback (whether Andy Dalton or Justin Fields) can get him the ball deep.

WR3: Marquise Goodwin

The Marquise Goodwin show did not take place during the preseason. We did not see him make a play, but he is still slotted in as the WR3 for the Chicago Bears this season. Goodwin brings plenty of upside, but his health is always a concern. It will be interesting to see what type of role he can carve out in this offense — deep threat is a must.

WR4: Damiere Byrd

I almost put Damiere Byrd as the WR5 on the depth chart. In fact, do not be surprised if he falls to that spot before the season is over. Byrd saw limited action which tells us he is viewed as a significant player on this roster. He needs to show us more than he did in the preseason, but his training camp highlights are worth noting and that’s why he’s slotted in here for the Chicago Bears.

WR5: Rodney Adams

Here is the player I almost put at WR4 and I truly believe that Rodney Adams can push Damiere Byrd. Adams has been fantastic not only in training camp but also in the preseason. He might have seen his stock rise the most over any other player on this team. Adams should be a lock to make the final roster and contribute on game day.

WR6: Riley Ridley

This one is not as easy to predict, but I do believe that Ryan Pace will hold onto his former fourth-round draft pick. Ridley has looked decent this preseason, but he has been overshadowed by the likes of Rodney Adams. With Javon Wims already gone, Riley Ridley seems like the obvious choice here.