The hidden factor that could ignite the Chicago Bears offense

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Chicago Bears, Breshad Perriman
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There is a hidden factor that could ignite the Chicago Bears offense in 2021. Using this tactic in their offense can mask its inherent deficiencies as well as max out their talent. Ironically, an inkling of this first became apparent when the Bears cut a specific player. Javon Wims is the former Bears player in question.

When Wims entered the game, this was often a big tell that a run play was the coming. Wims is a very good blocker who was a fairly infrequent pass target for them. Then less than a week after Wims was cut, Riley Ridley was also cut. Both of these former Bears’ receivers had good hands but ordinary speed. They were in essence replaced by two much faster receivers — Marquise Goodwin and Damiere Byrd.

There is actually some hope for this Chicago Bears offense

Then this week as the team was finalizing their roster, the Chicago Bears added Breshad Perriman. He is a tall and very very fast wide receiver. Based on their frames and skills as wide receivers, Perriman replaces Cordarelle Patterson. It is interesting to note that Perriman actually runs the 40-yard dash a full second faster than Patterson who is very fast for his size.

Another position group was altered and upgraded with the addition of tight end, Jesse James. At the time he was signed, it was like, whatever. The reason for this is that since Matt Nagy came to Chicago he has continually collected tight ends. It was almost like a hobby of his. Therefore, it was no big deal when the Bears signed another one.

Now, after the preseason games are finished, we can see just how important Jesse James can be to the Bears’ offense. The preseason games showed us that he is good at both blocking and receiving. This is different and important because the Bears can now lineup two U (blocking) tight ends who have the height and the hands to be a legit threat in the passing game which includes regularly making contested catches.