Grading the Bears: Passing marks for wide receivers

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:20:56 AM. The result was far more production from wide receivers than the Bears have gotten, a good sign for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who targeted wide receivers with 24 of his 35 attempts for 191 yards.
It has been easy to criticize the Bears for the play of wide receivers this season, but you can’t accuse them of standing pat coming out of the open date. Playing time was shifted dramatically in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Packers, with the obvious move being the promotion of recently acquired , who started and played 57 of 60 offensive snaps. Inman delivered with six receptions for 88 yards, the most by a Bears receiver this season. The big switch was Josh Bellamy’s return to a prominent role in the passing game. Bellamy participated in 55.6 percent of the snaps through the first four games before disappearing. After playing only 14 total snaps over the previous four games, Bellamy was promoted over Tre McBride and received 40 snaps, his second-highest total this season. Slot receiver ’s role also expanded considerably as he logged 46 snaps, the second-most he has had all season. The result was far more production from the position than the Bears have gotten, a good sign for quarterback . Trubisky targeted wide receivers with 24 of his 35 attempts (not including running back Tarik Cohen when he lined up wide) for 191 yards and a 46-yard touchdown pass to Bellamy. Inman had one bad drop on a deep slant on the final drive. The throw was a little high to get it over linebacker Blake Martinez but went off Inman’s hands. He showed good ability as a hands catcher before that. Bellamy made a nice move on cornerback on an out-and-up for the touchdown. But Bellamy had a ball that was...Read more
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