Are there any real moves GM Ryan Poles can make for a remarkable WR? Who would be the best addition to the roster? – Wed News

The Chicago Bears are closed for the summer break until the end of July when training camp begins in Lake Forest. Brad Biggs answers your beer questions in this ultimate mailbag till camp.

I think this eager national media lament the talent level of the WR Corps, while urging the organization to constantly trade draft capital to gain disgruntled and/or underperforming wideouts of the other team. Kenny Golladay is the latest example. Is there a realistic trade option on wide receiver that will really elevate the roster, or is Ryan Poles prudent by staying the course? – David D., Arlington Heights

Well, the Bears don’t have a lot of proven talent in a position outside Darnell Mooney, and I can’t believe that many people around the league see him as the No. 1 receiver. Can he get into that role? No doubt. The jump he made from his rookie season to last year was impressive, and with a new coaching staff, new playbook, and some familiarity with quarterback Justin Fields, Mooney could certainly turn a significant profit again in 2022.

The Bears are hopeful that Byron Pringle is now ready to spread his wings as he moves out of Kansas City and is in a position to grab more opportunities. Equinemius St. Brown is an interesting player but he was not consistent enough to field regularly at Green Bay. Rookie Welles Jones Jr. is a player the Bears are really excited about, but he has yet to play down in the NFL. Most teams have depth with more proven experience and, in many cases, more known talent.

Do I think the bears will trade for Gollade? No I don’t. I haven’t heard any rumors in that regard, and why would the Poles want to pay a large sum – Goladay owes $13 million this season – for a player who has a track record of injuries, especially last season? You’d think the Bears believe they can get a similar output from one of the players already on the roster. Also, Goladay is 28 years old.

I get repeated questions about the situation, and almost all are valid. I don’t see the bear making a blockbuster move for a game-breaker on the situation. Who thinks the Poles want to trade their 2023 first-round draft pick for a player who needs a bigger contract? not me. I think the Bears are curious to see how their receivers crop up. Not everyone will live up to or meet expectations, but if one or two are solid, it’s a step in the right direction. It is possible that some unknown person will proceed. I thought former Notre Dame wide receiver Chris Finke made some good plays this spring. He’s short at 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, but maybe he can compete to be seen in the slot. Finke entered the NFL in 2020 without a draft with the San Francisco 49ers. We’ll see how he and the others look when the training camp starts.

I think the beer is being dumped nationally and chosen to be worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars. I believe Matt Eberfluss will play him hard and Justin Fields can win more games than people think. Cincinnati Bengals-type weather? — @dpeak1313

The Bengals reached the Super Bowl last season. I don’t believe the Bears are going to enjoy a similar revival in 2022 and eventually be crowned NFC champions. However, between being worse than Jaguars and being better than Bengals, there is a lot of space in between. I agree that Aberfluss will likely see the team working harder to build the energy needed into the building through some rough spots in the schedule. The coaching staff has been really positive about Fields this spring, and he has nowhere else to go.

I understand that Bear fans, at least a good part of them, are tired of hearing that this could be a season full of growing pains. From a national perspective, why would there be a different quick action on the team? He had won six matches last season. Statistically speaking, Fields struggled as much as any rookie quarterback over the past decade. Some marquee defensive players moved, and there are important questions about an offensive line that struggled last season. The only center in the O-Line was Lucas Patrick, who was signed to a two-year contract, an $8 million contract, and a quartet of Day 3 drafts. If Fields takes a few steps forward, the bears could be competitive almost every week and the fourth quarter closes. Then again, it’s about pretending.

As all experts predict, are bears really heading for bad weather? — @jcadengo1

Can you pin down three or four compelling reasons why this could be a playoff season for the Aberfaluss in Year 1? Yes, it happened to Matt Nagy in 2018, but he walked through the doors of Halas Hall and spoke to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. When Nagy was hired, the Bears had a playoff-ready defense, and that unit only improved when Khalil Mack was acquired through trade. I don’t think a Mac-type player is being added to the roster before the season.

The Bears are starting from scratch on offense and defense. Obviously, you need to keep a close eye on Fields and its development. There are many other compelling stories to keep an eye on. The roster which has been shortened and will continue to operate over the next 12 months. If Fields shows improvement this season and a good group of young players gain experience and show promise and the final record is 7-10, is it really that bad? Let’s see what happens. I think GM Ryan Poles presented chairman George McCaskey a long-term plan, a plan he knew would take years to come together. The Poles haven’t said as much, but as I’ve written before, this roaster was not a weekend DIY project when they took over. I think people need to have an open mind and shape their expectations accordingly.

Do you think Tristan Ebner will play a bigger role in the crime, and if so, how does it fit in with David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert? — @sambiino

a bigger role? Maybe this is asking for something more than a rookie pick from the sixth round. When it is completely in motion it projects as a change of motion. Injuries to players ahead of him on the depth chart can create more chances. When I think “big role”, I’m imagining more than a third snaps on offense, which seems a bit ambitious given the presence of Montgomery and Herbert, whom you referenced, as well as Darinton Evans.

The Bears seem to be starting to have good depth and competition at training camp. Maybe Ebner could play a role for himself early in the season and he could easily catch the ball from the backfield. I definitely think he can step into special teams as a multi-stage contributor right away. He would be an interesting rookie to track down during camp and preseason.

With open spots on linebackers, right guards and defensive tackle and salary cap space, do the Bears make more free-agent moves before camp? — @pilcher2700

What are they going to sign? With 32 teams having 90-man rosters right now, it’s not like a bunch of guys are on the road for what looks like the start of Week 1 after having contracts and uniforms. Yes, I expect this roster to continue to evolve, and that could mean players being added due to injuries or other reasons. No, I don’t think Byers will add any difference maker down the road. Maybe they’ll find a player or two who can fit into their system when the roster is cut, but it’s not like the Bears are spending their time waiting to pounce on potential free agents. Most of the moves at this point are for the depth of the camp.

Who is your prediction for MVPA (Most Valuable Player Added) for this roster? — @gentleindif

It’s an interesting question and you can make a case for a handful of players as there are so many newcomers. It certainly appears to be the Bears’ plan to start cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jacen Brisker immediately, and the rookie could help solidify a secondary that had problems at times last season. Linebacker Nicolas Morrow seems to be a really good fit for the plan because of his range and athleticism. If one of the wide receivers makes the move — Byron Pringle, Equinimus St. Brown or rookie Welles Jones Jr. — that would go a long way toward helping quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears believe Lucas Patrick, the new centre, could be a tone setter for the offensive line and certainly needs to. Justin Jones and Al-Qudin Muhammad are the new additions to the defensive line. Like I said, there are a lot of choices among the many new faces.

If I had to choose one, I’d go with Gordon. He was their highest draft pick and it looks like he could be in the starting left corner. Brisker has a good combination of size and athleticism and can be a really exciting young player.

Looking at the right guard hole, is it likely to start Braxton Jones from the left about to get the best five o-linemen on the field and perhaps mean Larry Borom or Teven Jenkins play guard? — @jtbcubs

I see where you’re headed here, but I don’t think you decide on the left tackle, at all positions, because you have a question on the right guard. Left tackle is the dominant position on the offensive line and you can make a case. Right guard is at the bottom of the list. I say this because some coaches actually value an athletic player on the left guard, giving it a higher priority than the right guard position.

Yes, the Bears need to find their five best linemen and get them on the field. They have yet to guard Borom or Jenkins this spring, at least as far as I see. Could this turn into day 1 of minicamp? Sure. When the Bears drafted Jenkins last year, a few people I spoke to thought he could play the best inside. But I don’t think you put a fifth round pick on a left tackle unless you believe he is your best option in that position, no matter what you do with the line. Question in left tackle Trump questions on right guard. Maybe Jones excels when the pads are running next month.

Which player is more likely to start in Week 1: Robert Quinn or Braxton Jones? — @gucasliogito

I have to say Quinn. He is a starter for this defense as long as he is not on the roster. Jones has a lot of ground to cover before he’s actually in the mix to finish that job.

What are the bears doing with Taven Jenkins? — @joeymalabarba

Jenkins got to tackle this spring, beginning with what amounted to half a snap. It should be noted that he was the first to be seen there as well. I think he stays in the mix to win that job, with the team’s outside chance at the right guard to see him inside. Jenkins is a big, physical player who should look better when he walks to the pads at training camp. It is too early to write him off at this point. There are a lot of moving parts on the offensive line right now and we will have to see how things pan out in the first few weeks of training camp.

Looking at Ndamukong Suh’s production last year (compared to including Akim Hicks and Health), wouldn’t Suh be a plug-in veteran option of a year or two on the D-line? – @ basically

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers effectively replaced Suh by signing Hicks to a one-year deal. Suh, 35, has indicated a willingness to continue playing, but at his age, and having won a Super Bowl ring in Tampa, do you think he’d be more inclined to join a team that’s totally out of the early stages? Is it in reconstruction? I don’t guess.

Adding Suh would not fit the profile of the players GM Ryan Poles has brought on board so far. You haven’t seen a lot of big name players who are behind their careers. In fact, you don’t really see any. What he has done is shop for players available in their 20s, with the idea that some or most of them have their best football. It doesn’t seem like a match for any party. That’s all I have to take.


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