Justin Fields’ breakout over the last month of the season has been the obvious headline for a Chicago Bears team still a year or two away from legitimate Super Bowl contention. But he isn’t the only young core player enjoying an emergence as of late.
Tight end Cole Kmet is beginning to produce like the player he was projected to be as a second-round pick from Notre Dame in 2020. After not scoring a touchdown in the 2021 season and each of the Bears’ first seven games this year, Kmet has exploded for five scores in the last three games.
Kmet’s chemistry with Fields has been one of the more encouraging developments in the passing game this year. He enters Week 11’s showdown with the Atlanta Falcons with 23 catches for 274 yards and five touchdowns; he’s totaled more than half of his production — 13 catches for 158 yards — over the last four games.
“Cole is a special guy,” Bears coach Matt Eberflus said Wednesday. “He’s energy, he’s enthusiasm. He brings light into a room. He’s everything we stand for.”