Chicago Bears: Matt Nagy proving he loves this skill set on offense

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Is Matt Nagy trying to incorporate a speed kills element into the Chicago Bears offense? The Bears wide receiver group has gotten pretty interesting. With that in mind, after the cuts and additions, this is a good time to take a good look at that collection of wide receivers.

I know a lot of Bears fans wanted Rodney Adams on the 53-man roster as he proved himself NFL-worthy this preseason. The good news is he has been added to their practice squad. Overall, Ryan Pace and Nagy have gathered together a group of wideouts that is providing us with a pretty big tell about what to expect from the Bears offense in 2021. The Bears have added three guys to their wide receiver corps this offseason who have at one point all run a sub 4.30 40-time.

Breshad Perriman is the latest speedster the Bears have added to their team. At his Pro Day in 2015, he ran a 4.25 40-yard dash. My research indicates during his five years in the NFL he has maintained a consistent 4.35 40-time.

Matt Nagy seems to covet speed when it comes to this Chicago Bears offense

At the 2013 NFL combine, former track star Marquise Goodwin ran a 4.27 40-yard dash and was not to be outdone, Damiere Byrd also ran a 4.25 in 2015. Goodwin is slated to start at slot receiver for Nagy’s offense. Darnell Mooney, who many rightfully are predicting will have a big year in his second year in the NFL runs a 4.37.

There are legit reasons for this optimism with Mooney. It is well known that NFL rookies over the years have taken big jumps in improving their game from year one to year two. Mooney has shown he is a well-rounded and speedy wideout with good hands so he has a lot to build on.