5 Chicago Bears trending up entering bye week

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2. Chicago Bears have unleashed Cole Kmet /

The Cole Kmet season can be broken into two parts. There is the season he was having before the Patriots, and then after the Patriots game. Kmet only had two catches for 32 yards against the Patriots, but that was the game that unleashed Justin Fields and legitimized Luke Getsy as someone who was learning on the job.

Before the Pats game, Kmet played six games and had 15 targets. He hauled in 10 catches for 116 yards and no touchdowns. Since that game, they have played six games. He has 23 catches for 260 yards and five touchdowns. That is the same number of games, but the stats are over doubled. He is a different player.

However, it really is more about the usage of Justin Fields, and in response, the play of Fields. He is becoming a playmaker, and Kmet is being unleashed as someone who can help him when things break down. He picked up a clean 24 yards by being open when Justin Fields broke the pocket and nearly scrambled against Green Bay.

Kmet is still 24 years old, and just now is when you are supposed to see tight ends hit their stride. The patience is paying off, and this is becoming a find, and a player to build around.