5 surprise players who could make a big impact for the Chicago Bears

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Chicago Bears, Equanimeous St. Brown
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Chicago Bears Surprise Impact Player No. 2: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR

I have already admitted that I may have been wrong about how the Chicago Bears value wide receiver, Equanimeous St. Brown. I am not as high on him as this team obviously is. If reports are true about St. Brown and Aaron Rodgers not getting long and that Rodgers essentially ghosted St. Brown, then it’s possible he’s better than we’ve seen. Offensive coordinator, Luke Getsy would have the inside track on that information.

What is telling though is how often St. Brown is mentioned in these press conferences. Matt Eberflus especially seems to be high on him and you’d have to assume that his thoughts, even though are his own, are a reflection of Getsy’s opinion.

From a stats perspective, St. Brown has been highly inefficient. This is why I struggled to see him being more than just an extra coach to help bring the other receivers along more quickly in this new Getsy system. Again, it appears I am wrong.

St. Brown’s rookie season was his best season. He caught 58% of his targets for 328 yards. It’s possible that this coincides with how little St. Brown saw the ball in his third and fourth seasons (he missed all of 2019 with a severe ankle sprain). He has the deep-threat speed to pair nicely with Justin Fields, but then again, many of their wide receivers seem to fit that same mold. If St. Brown and Fields develop a connection early, we could see a breakout year for St. Brown in 2022.