When the Chicago Bears had to place Equaniemeous St. Brown on the injured reserve, it meant a lot more playing time for Tyler Scott. To be fair, it was by default since they were down so many players, but it was a good chance for the rookie to get involved.
The Chicago Bears are trusting rookie Tyler Scott
This week the Bears had to sit St. Brown again, so the thought was that Scott would be playing more. That happened, as he played more than his season average, but not quite to the degree that he played in that four-week stretch in the middle of the year.
In the four games without Equanimeous St. Brown, he ran 63% of the routes. However, on Sunday he ran just 45% of the routes. One difference is that Khari Blasingame was playing more often. The Lions are bad against two running backs in the passing game, so the Bears were smart to run heavier personnel.
It is not a huge difference, but it is interesting to note that Trent Taylor had a season-high in routes run, and Velus Jones had the second most routes of his season as well. Jones had as many catches and yards despite eight fewer routes.
At the very least, this is not good for Tyler Scott. He did not make much of an impact, an almost all of his yardage and targets have come with Tyson Bagent. He is just a rookie, but we have not seen much progression and in a chance to get it the Bears limited his snaps.
His role will be to replace Darnell Mooney who is a free agent after this year, but it will be interesting to see if the Bears bring in any veteran help in the slot for competition if Scott continues to play this little down the stretch.