Mike Clay of ESPN has created his season-long projections for each player on the Chicago Bears. We will use these projections to see whether or. not each player will overperform or underperform their expectations.
What does ESPN have anticipated for Byron Pringle, and will he do better or worse?
3. Over or Under 36 catches for Byron Pringle with Chicago Bears in 2022?
ESPN has Pringle projected for 36 catches on 53 targets. This would be a slight step down from his 2021 statistics when he had 42 catches on 60 targets. Of course, in his first two seasons, he had just 25 career catches.
On one hand, you could argue that even if Justin Fields takes a big step forward Byron Pringle will be downgrading in quarterback play from Patrick Mahomes. On the other side, Pringle was the number four pass catcher on the Chiefs last season, and the number three wide receiver if you take out Travis Kelce.
He was behind not only Tyreek Hill, but also Mecole Hardman. So, the question is essentially whether he will be behind Velus Jones or not. If he is behind Velus Jones, he is in the same spot as last year.
Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet are the top two, then Jones, then Pringle. If that is the case, and the offense is worse than Kansas City, he will likely go under.
Still, he is a veteran while Jones is a rookie, and there is a chance that Pringle will be the number two. He will certainly get more targets and end up going over 36 catches. Considering Jones may be a gadget player, and Pringle has been the number two in OTAs, we will go over.