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The Chicago Bears have shown that they are going all in with second year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky, coming off of a season where he threw 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, for 2,193 yards, with a 59.4 completion percentage, is ready to take over as the starting quarterback full time this season.

The Bears started the offseason by firing defensive minded head coach John Fox and hiring Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. Nagy is one of a long line former coaches who have coached under Reid. Nagy started off strong by getting Mark Helfrich as his offensive coordinator. Although Nagy will have full control of the offense, Helfrich will be a fantastic assistant and advisor.

The Bears then freed cap by cutting guard Josh Sitton, linebacker Jerrell Freeman, linebacker Pernell McPhee and quarterback Mike Glennon. These cuts freed up enough cap space to have a VERY eventful free agency. Free agency started off with a bang as the Bears signed receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson is fresh off an ACL tear in week one of last season, and is sure to make an impact immediately on the field. Robinson had his best season in 2015 with 1400 yards on 80 catches and 14 TDs. Bears also signed slot receiver Taylor Gabriel from the Atlanta Falcons. Gabriel had a 40 time of 4.27, making him the 8th fastest player in the NFL. Gabriel had 378 yards and 33 receptions on 51 targets. Gabriel’s stats will only go up playing the slot position in Matt Nagy’s offense. Tight end Trey Burton was then signed showing the purpose of this offseason was to surround Trubisky with targets. Burton had 23 catches for 248 yards and 5 TDs in Philly, playing second fiddle to Zach Ertz. With the loss of Zach Miller Trey Burton is sure to pack a punch at the tight end position. Other offensive additions include Quarterbacks Tyler Bray and Chase Daniel. Daniel is a former Chief who knows Nagy’s offense and will help Trubisky adjust to it.

The draft focused primarily on defense, but the Bears added 3 offensive players, 2 of which will be day one starters. Center James Daniels from Iowa and wide receiver Anthony Miller from Memphis were both selected in the second round. Daniels will make the move to guard to play opposite superstar Kyle Long and alongside center Cody Whitehair. Daniels recorded 21 reps on the bench at the combine. He recorded the fastest 20 yard shuttle across all offensive lineman this year at 4.40 and the second fastest 3 cone drill across all offensive lineman 7.29. Daniels has been described as a “nimble, fast, still-learning offensive lineman with the ability to thrive at any of the three interior-line positions in the NFL.” Miller on the other hand is going to be a stud as a target for Trubisky. Miller totaled 3,590 yards on 238 targets in 3 years at Memphis with 37 TDs. Miller also ran a 40 yard dash at a time between 4.46 and 4.52 at his pro day. Receiver Javon Wims was taken in the 7th round. He most likely won’t be a day one starter like Daniels and Miller, but he could have an impact. Wims had 62 receptions for 910 yards and 8 TDs in two years at Georgia. Wims ran a 4.53 at the combine.

Pace has definitely built this team to help Trubisky to succeed, and he most likely will. Buffing the o line, adding a ton of targets, giving him a new coaching staff and providing mentors for Trubisky will help him have a Carson Wentz-like this upcoming season.

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