3 Reasons why Keenan Allen makes sense for the Chicago Bears

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Keenan Allen would help Justin Fields develop

When we look at what Justin Fields needs this offseason, a wide receiver must be towards the top of that list. The team needs a true WR1 on the roster to help Fields propel into the same category we have seen Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa jump into when they were given the weapons necessary to succeed.

Keenan Allen can be that guy for Justin Fields despite being 31 years old when the 2023 regular season starts. What sets him apart from the current roster is his ability to separate. Something Justin Fields has struggled with is throwing his receivers open or his anticipatory throws. I am speculating here, but my guess is that it has to do with receivers in the NFL not being as “open” compared to what he saw with his receivers at Ohio State. Allen has shown he’s one of the best.

Darnell Mooney is actually solid at separating as well. Between these two, Fields should have no excuse to not find an open receiver each play. Chase Claypool isn’t as good at separating, but all of them are better than what Justin Fields was used to in his rookie season with Allen Robinson. I’ll be honest, I think having Robinson on the roster actually stunted Fields’ growth in this area. Robinson’s separation statistics are always near the bottom of the league each season.

With a player like Keenan Allen, Fields would have a true No. 1 receiver to pair with two of the best WR2s in the league.