Much has been made this offseason about the Chicago Bears’ lack of firepower at wide receiver. But one player rarely mentioned in that group of pass-catchers for quarterback Justin Fields is tight end Cole Kmet.
Kmet joined the Bears as a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft and set career highs in receptions (60) and yards (612) in 2021. With tight end traditionally being a position that takes longer for players to emerge, Kmet’s development at 22 years old (he turned 23 in March) is encouraging.
Still, Kmet remains an afterthought in any discussion about the Chicago Bears offense. It’s why Bleacher Report named him the Bears’ best-kept secret entering the 2022 season.
Kmet will be a big part of Luke Getsy’s offense this season. It’s a system that’s turned players like San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle into a superstar. Most recently, Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan enjoyed a breakout 2020 campaign with 11 touchdowns.