How each division rival made life easier on the Bears this offseason

Where did the Bears' NFC North rivals go wrong this offseason?
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The Lions did not successfully replace Josh Reynolds

It might seem silly to talk about Josh Reynolds as a key part of this Lions offense, but he certainly was last year. Reynolds was the third option behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and rookie tight end Sam LaPorta.

Last season, Reynolds caught 40 passes for 608 yards and five scores. His chemistry with Jared Goff was something the veteran quarterback relied on throughout the season, especially on key downs. 32 of his 40 receptions went for first downs last year.

Reynolds was allowed to leave via free agency and wound up signing with the Denver Broncos, but Detroit did not replace him. Instead, they're going to bank on 2022 first-round pick Jameson Williams to finally come through and get up to speed. In two seasons, Williams has caught 25 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns.

Williams has missed extensive time in his first two years, both due to injury and a suspension for violating the league's gambling policy. Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson has even publicly stated his wish for Williams to have caught onto things quicker, in the past, so the Lions are truly counting heavily on somewhat of a mystery at this point.