3 wide receivers Chicago Bears must move on from

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1. Chicago Bears do not need to double down on N’Keal Harry

The Chicago Bears sent out a 2024 7th-round pick for N’Keal Harry. Considering some seventh-round picks end up similar to Zach Thomas, a player the team drafted this offseason, but now is on the LA Rams, this was not a bad bet.

However, it is not a winning bet, either. The Bears knew they were taking a risk on Harry. The Patriots hardly had wide receiver talent, but Harry could not crack the lineup. Still, he did get drafted in the first round, and he is still under 25 years old.

An injury had him missing the first six weeks, and he missed enough of training camp that he was behind the moving train from that point forward. Still, he has not caught up. In weeks 10, 11, 12, 14, and 15 he was inactive.

He put up his season-high 48 years in week 13, but that came on one catch and came on five snaps. Harry played 28 snaps on Sunday and did not get a single target.

Harry can only play when guys like Equanimeous St. Brown are injured, so it is not much here. Even then, he produces similarly to St. Brown. The upside is there with Harry, but at the same time, you seem to understand why Harry was not getting on the field. The flashes here and there are not worth the reality that aside from a big play, he brings little to nothing else positive to the team.

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The trade was not bad, even with Harry putting up about 100 yards this season. What would make it worse is buying the idea that he will get better next year, then not going out and adding to the room because of a blind bet on Harry.