Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
The Chicago Bears begin putting together a beautiful, complete drive, likely in the second half. Receivers are getting open, and Justin Fields is letting it rip.
Now, down in the red zone, the offense stalls completely and settles for at most three points.
The familiar scene has run on repeat this season and was all too common last year. Chicago ranks among the bottom five teams in terms of touchdowns in the red zone. Against both New York, the Bears kicked four field goals. Last week against Washington, the Bears failed to score from inside the five with the game on the line. Fortunately, the cavalry is on the way for week seven.
Chicago activated wide receiver N’Keal Harry, from the injured reserve last week after a 21-day window opened for him to return to the 53-man roster. He underwent surgery in August for a high ankle sprain. The Bears acquired Harry from New England last summer in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round pick.
At 6’4”, 225 lbs., Harry is a big, physical target for Fields. With the Patriots and in college at Arizona State, Harry has had a knack for contested catches.
Ironically, his first game as a Chicago Bear will come on the road against his former team.
Should Harry become an integral weapon for the offense, it will be one of Ryan Poles’ most impressive additions.
Simply put, big receivers from big schools do not often make it to the seventh round. It is unlikely the Bears would get anything near the value of Harry in round seven of the 2024 draft.
At this point in a thus far disappointing season, it would make sense for the Bears to begin taking stock of their key personnel moving forward.
Against the Patriots on Monday Night Football, look for the Bears to get Harry involved early, especially around the goal line.
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