The lack of talent around Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has been a dominant storyline since last summer. Wide receiver Darnell Mooney is fine, and running backs David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert warrant respect, but the offense lacks a true game-changer who Fields can rely on when all else fails.
So when GM Ryan Poles traded Chicago’s 2023 second-round pick for wide receiver Chase Claypool at the NFL’s trade deadline, it seemed like the Bears took a massive step toward fixing that problem.
Claypool’s first two games as a Bear have been quiet. He’s totaled three catches for 19 yards. He’s generated hidden yards by drawing pass-interference penalties, but his on-field reps have been limited.