5 pleasant surprises on the Chicago Bears past the quarter mark of 2023

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1. Cole Kmet is the Chicago Bears second best pass catcher

After signing an extension this offseason the Chicago Bears admitted that they were betting on what is to come with Kmet more than what they have seen from him so far. Through five games, the team has made the right bet.

Cole Kmet is averaging 46.2 yards per game after averaging 32 yards per game last season. His career high before this year was just 36 yards per game. He also has a 65.5% success rate, which is up from his career rate of 54.9%. He is playing good football right now.

Cole Kmet currently ranks 6th in yards and 7th in yards after the catch amongst tight ends. He also ranks third in expected points added, which shows that he is stepping up for the high-leverage moments.

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With Darnell Mooney coming back from his injury and Chase Claypool already shipped out, the Chicago Bears have needed everything Kmet brought to the passing game this season. It is a timely jump-up.