5 Chicago Bears who should bounce back vs. the Buccaneers in Week 2

Who on the Chicago Bears should bounce back versus the Buccanneers today?
Chicago Bears, Braxton Jones
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Chicago Bears, DJ Moore
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Chicago Bears offensive players who should bounce back in Week 2

When we look at the Chicago Bears offense, there aren't many positives from last week. Roschon Johnson had a great first game of his career. Cole Kmet finished with solid pass-catching stats, but his blocking was abysmal, to say the least. Darnell Mooney had the best performance at wide receiver. Here are a few of the others who I believe should bounce back this week vs. the Bucs.

Braxton Jones, LT

Overall, Braxton Jones had a good game against the Packers. The reason he makes this list is because of his mental mistakes. He generated too many penalties last week. Jones caused the offense to fall out of rhythm on multiple occassions with his three penalties. I expect him to get that cleaned up this week as my hope is the first game was rust due to not playing often in preseason.

DJ Moore, WR

It is hard to put DJ Moore on this list because in reality, he didn't do anything wrong. Moore played well against the Packers, but didn't get the ball thrown his direction enough. He only had two targets and he turned both of them into 25 yards. He looked dominant every time he had the ball in his hands and I expect Justin Fields to lean on him more this week. Justin Jefferson had 150 receiving yards vs. the Bucs last week and I'm expecting Moore to break the 100-yard mark this week.

Cole Kmet, TE

The Chicago Bears tight end finished the game with five catches for 44 yards. I expect something similar from him today in the receiving game, but his pass-blocking was just awful last week (like many players on the Bears roster) and I expect him to bounce back vs. Tampa Bay.

Chicago Bears who must bounce back vs. the Buccaneers

Justin Fields, QB

I am not confident that Justin Fields will find a way to bounce back against this defense though. The Bucs have a strong defensive front and the Chicago Bears interior offensive line is the weakest part of the offense. Rookie defensive lineman, Calijah Kancey is out, but Vita Vea should look dominant today. That is going to speed up Fields' clock and cause him to have some happy feet again. If Fields cannot maintain his pocket presence then he will be in for a long day. That cannot happen. He needs to bounce back.

Luke Getsy, OC

Will Luke Getsy find a way to improve his game plan this week? Last week's game plan was awful. It felt like Justin Fields was told to look for the check-downs and be extremely conservative instead of throwing the ball downfield. This felt like something this offense has been lacking in the passing game and I have to think it's either Getsy or Matt Eberflus influencing those decisions. Looking at his tape in his rookie year with Matt Nagy compared to his time with Eberflus, it seems like Fields has become gun-shy. Feels like coaching, but maybe Fields just doesn't have it.

Notable mention: Chase Claypool, WR