The Chicago Bears realized how thin their receiver room was this past season and mad a mid-season trade to attempt and get some help. In a surprising move, they sent a 2023 2nd round pick (which would wind up being the first pick in the second round) for former Pittsburgh Steeler, Chase Claypool.
Claypool would go on to have minimal impact on the Chicago offense, amassing 12 receptions for 140 yards on 29 targets, and he still has yet to score a touchdown in a Bears uniform.
In short, Justin Fields needs help and with the loss of the first pick in the second round, well that complicates things. So who are some options?
Looking at the Bears receiver depth chart, there seems to be on major thing lacking. Reliable speed. The Bears attempted to fix that with their selection of Velus Jones Jr. in last years draft. However he only saw action on 158 snaps (not including special teams). Luckily, this draft presents an option who can play right away and brings that 4.30 speed.
Let’s talk about Cincinnati receiver, Tyler Scott.
Strengths: Scott is an absolute speed demon, defenses were so afraid of his long speed he was never pressed and was given a big cushion. He can eat up that cushion with ease, and he attacks defenders leverage to gain separation as shown here.
Tyler Scott has juice man lmao. He is so good at getting defenders to open their hips and worry about his speed only to break another way. pic.twitter.com/nTqIu3vhRv— Tyler Browning (@DiabeticTyler) January 24, 2023
He is a fantastic ball tracker with great yards after the catch ability.
Weaknesses : He was virtually never pressed, so how he will hold up against that, we have yet to see. Since he was never pressed we only saw him display a speed release, which while reliable cannot be the sole release in your toolbox in the NFL. Has shown inconsistency when catching through contact.
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