Ryan Poles is letting every Chicago Bears fan know his words speak truth

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The Chicago Bears general manager continues doing what he said he would do. Who would have guessed that not all general managers lie? Ryan Poles said he would revamp the offensive line. Check. He said he would hire a coach who he felt was the best leader for the team. He also said he loves Justin Fields and sees him as the franchise quarterback we all haven’t seen in Chicago.

Poles continues to bring in young competition to upgrade the depth pieces and push the players he has lined up to start. After moving on from six players, Poles brought in six new undrafted free agents from the 2022 draft class. It only took Poles a rookie minicamp and some tryouts to decide early. Poles is now attacking a position that many believe is weak on the Chicago Bears roster.

Ryan Poles adds more players to the Chicago Bears roster

  • Nathan Peterman, quarterback
  • Rysen John, tight end
  • Tajae Sharp, wide receiver
  • Dante Pettis, wide receiver

Those are still likely just the start of moves Poles plans to make before training camp. Unfortunately, Jesper Horstead probably won’t catch any more touchdown passes from Justin Fields. Pettis is the most notable player on this list due to his draft status and the positional need. Pettis was drafted 44th overall to the San Francisco 49ers in 2018. That second round, the Chicago Bears traded up for Anthony Miller at number 51.

The 2018 second-round receiver draft class is a prime example of not falling in love with a player. Pettis, Miller, and James Washington were high on many Chicago Bears fan’s boards that season. While the potential was high for them, sometimes things don’t work out as planned. It is wise to follow the board and not get greedy. Michael Gallup (third-round pick, 2018) proved that since he has produced at the same level as all of the receivers drafted above him, minus the first-round guys.

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Poles is giving these players a fresh start with the Chicago Bears new system. The competition in the pass-catching rooms is going to be great. I wouldn’t expect too much from the players being brought in late. However, I would expect them to push young guys and prepare them for the NFL training camp and season. After all, Kevin White was Ryan Pace’s first offensive playmaker drafted. Velus Jones Jr is Poles’. That is going to mean something to everybody to see that kid thrive with Justin Fields.