Chicago Bears training camp is officially less than a month away, and the Bears 2022 roster is beginning to take shape. 

To the chagrin of many Bears fans, the team’s offseason consisted of acquiring more impact staff members than it did players. The Bears brought in a new regime with GM Ryan Poles and HC Matt Eberflus, who have been vocal about trying to create a winning football culture in Chicago. 

The new team of Eberflus and Poles was not, however, aggressive in their first free agency period together. 

The Bears roster still has a few big holes as the NFL heads into it’s “summer break,” and with so much resting on the shoulder of QB Justin Fields, a recent NFL.com article highlighted what might be the most glaring hole of them all. 

Kevin Patra wrote the following:  

Hamstrung by a miserable salary cap situation and lacking draft assets, new GM Ryan Poles eschewed calls to pair Darnell Mooney with a big-name weapon. Instead, in free agency, the Bears tossed bodies at the situation, hoping to unearth a gem. Chicago added Byron Pringle, Equanimeous St. Brown, Tajae Sharpe and Dante Pettis. Not exactly a who’s who of pass catchers. They drafted Velus Jones Jr. in the third round. He will be asked to play a significant role from the jump. Mooney is a stud. But the rest of the veteran crew doesn’t do much to help Justin Fields make a Year 2 leap in a new offense. 

While I’ve been rather optimistic about the Bears young core to this point, there’s really no arguing with Patra here. The Bears wide receiver depth is poor.

Even if you feel good about Fields’ weapons with Mooney, Pringle, and Velus Jones as his receiving threats, the Bears are one injury away from having to deploy Equanimeous St. Brown as a main option. St. Brown has 37 career catches in 37 career games. 

If nothing else, the Bears need another wide receiver to provide reliable depth. They need to ensure Fields has capable NFL-caliber weapons at all times if they are going to take his development seriously. 

Notice how I said “need” instead of “needed”? That’s because training camp isn’t for another month, and there’s still time to bring in a veteran option to serve as an insurance policy for your top three. I mean, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, even Will Fuller can come on down. 

Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus did a very nice job patching up the defensive side of the football this offseason. I have been a big fan of their early philosophy and the apparent culture shift in the bears locker room. I expect the Bears to be greatly improved because of it..but it won’t matter if Fields isn’t making strides. 

I’d really like to see the hole filled by the time players are back at Halas Hall next month. 

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