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Chicago Bears Stud No. 2: Cole Kmet, TE
Cole Kmet has been quietly improving within the offense over the last few weeks. After finally getting in the endzone against the Cowboys last week, he scored twice this week and was a consistent target for Justin Fields all game. He finished with five catches on six targets for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Kmet was used in the intermediate range as a secondary option when Darnell Mooney or Chase Claypool was not available.
What makes Kmet such a good option as a receiver is his ability to find the soft spot of the defense. He is especially effective coming across the field on play-action rollouts because he is such a big target. We saw him score a touchdown on such a play.
He has not been a focal point in the offense this year but since the Chicago Bears have been looking for more consistency in the passing game, he has seen more targets. Before Claypool got here, he was the second-best receiver on the team even if he was not seeing the usual volume. We saw the chemistry he and Fields built last season, and everyone expected it to carry over. Finally, they seem to be clicking and it is helping the offense be more dynamic.
Kmet has grown so much as a blocker in pass protection and the run game, and now we are starting to see how he can be used in the passing game. Year three is that pivotal year for tight ends, so let’s hope that Kmet can continue the recent success.