The Chicago Bears are coming off an atrocious offensive season. They’ve made key offensive additions in receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton. The team also lost homegrown product Cameron Meredith to the New Orleans Saints via an offer sheet. So should the Bears bring in Bryant to be the number two behind Robinson, or should they look for someone in the draft?
Dez Bryant can be one of the most dominate receivers in the NFL when he’s performing. Bryant is at his best making plays on jump balls or back shoulder catches downfield. Although, something important to note is that Bryant hasn’t had a 1,000 yard season since 2014. He finished 2017 with 69 receptions 838 yards and six touchdowns. This is because of injuries and the change at quarterback from Tony Romo to Dak Prescott. Dak just doesn’t look at Bryant downfield the same way Romo did. Romo often used Bryant as a go to when he got in trouble, Dak often looks him off and uses his legs to extend plays.
The most important question that needs to be asked is this: Does Dez Bryant fit Head Coach Matt Nagy’s system? Not exactly, and there are a few reasons because of this. Bryant is already 29 years old and turning 30 this season. Nagy looks for speed and crisp route running in his receivers, Bryant doesn’t exactly fit that mold. Bryant isn’t the best route runner and is much slower at this point of his career than he once was. Some analysts say Bryant had trouble with drops over the last two seasons, but if you go and look at the tape there really isn’t a consistent problem with drops. A lot of them were errant throws from the quarterback or uncatchable balls in the first place. Bryant doesn’t make sense to go to a team like Chicago who has shifted itself towards a newer and younger core, especially when he doesn’t fit the intangibles that Matt Nagy requires for his offense.
Look for Nagy to look for a receiver in the draft over signing an aging free agent wide receiver. Popular names to keep in mind would be receivers DJ Moore, Christian Kirk and Cortland Sutton. These are all potential options that should be available to Chicago in the second round, they’ve also been linked to working out some of these receivers as well. Chicago should focus more on a defensive talent or Quenton Nelson in the first round. Don’t be surprised if Chicago trades back and picks Calvin Ridley in a stunning move. This move shouldn’t be written off as it is highly unlikely, but it really shouldn’t surprise anyone if it actually happens.