Many people believe the Chicago Bears are doing a disservice to their young quarterback, Justin Fields, with the roster that they are putting around him. This is arguably the least talented roster in the NFL, especially when it comes to the offensive side of the ball.
At the wide receiver position, Fields has developed good chemistry with Darnell Mooney, but beyond him, there isn’t much to get excited about. Chicago has a lot of players who have yet to play expanded roles at this level, leaving a lot of question marks when it comes to who Fields will target outside of Mooney.
In Week 1, the passing game was a mess but the elements had as much to do with that as anything. Playing on a rain-soaked, flooded field, Fields went 8-for-17 for 121 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Running back David Montgomery was the only player to catch multiple passes in the game.
That is a tough game to make judgments, given the sloppy conditions, but the fact remains; this is a team that could use some help at wide receiver. If they want to bring in a veteran to help things along, T.Y. Hilton would be an excellent choice.
Hilton would bring experience to a wide receiver room that is lacking it. He has produced more in 10 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts than the rest of the roster has combined in their careers.
The four-time Pro Bowler would be a good influence on the young group, showing them how to succeed at this level. Having someone with that level of experience can only help Fields’ development as well as knowing he has a safety blanket to get the ball to.
Hilton struggled to stay healthy last season, playing in only 10 games, but he showed that he still has some juice left. He averaged 14.4 yards per reception, his highest since the 2018 campaign when he averaged 16.7 and finished the season with 1,270 yards.
There is also a level of familiarity with the Bears’ new head coach Matt Eberflus. Eberflus was on the Colts’ coaching staff as the defensive coordinator from 2018-201, so there is a relationship already built there.
If Hilton is looking for a chance at real playing time this season, the Bears could also provide him with that. Beyond Mooney, nothing is set in stone when it comes to the depth chart and pecking order for targets at the wide receiver position.