If only the Bears had a field goal kicker that understood the rules. You have to kick it through the posts, not into the post. Unfortunately what was a good season for Da Bears will forever go down into history as one of the most unlucky in terms of field goal kicking. Chicago look set to build on last season’s successful 12-4 campaign, with no real loses during free agency, and the addition of a couple of wily veterans. Whilst Mitchell Trubisky did improve on his rookie season, they will still be hoping for a little bit more this season, especially through the air.
As for the quarterback’s feet, he did surprisingly well last season, rushing for over 400 yards and 3 scores, at a clip of 6.2 yards per carry. He may be one to lookout for in the anytime touchdown scorer market when the new seasons roles around as he priced upwards of 10/1 most of last season.
The trading of Jordan Howard was a little strange, however, they did well to replace him, by bringing in ex-Seahawk Mike Davis, and drafting David Montgomery, to go along with one of the NFL’s most exciting players in Tarik Cohen. The only issue here may be finding value as the Bears like to feature 2 and 3 back sets it’s hard to get a handle on who’s getting the goal-line work. With Howard scoring 9 times last season I would expect Mike Davis to assume that role, and could be a steal in the early weeks.
Allen Robinson didn’t quite live up to the hype, or salary in his first season with the Bears, so will be looking to build on last season’s numbers with another year in Matt Nagy’s offence. With Robinson being the true number one it will be unlikely that he will ever see odds worth backing, which can’t be said for Anthony Miller who found the end-zone 7 times as a rookie. Cordarrelle Patterson is an interesting acquisition, but the jury is out as to how much he’ll be used on offence, or just as a specialist kick-returner.
Trey Burton put up fairly consistent numbers after leaving Philadelphia, and should be a bigger part of the offence this season. The Florida Seminole has scored 11 times in the last 2 seasons, so if he see’s odds over 3/1 then I will be taking him into careful consideration.