Bears get much needed help

Quarterbacks and Crosschecks column: Even though Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was largely handcuffed in his rookie season, a lot of his lack of production was due to the fact that he lacked a reliable pass catcher on the outside.

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That should be a different story in 2018 as the Bears have started free agency with a frenzy of signings that should help out the young QB. Bears general manager, Ryan Pace, has been heavily criticized for some of his free agency moves including his signing of QB Mike Glennon in 2017, who the Bears signed to a three deal worth 45 million dollars with 18.5 guaranteed. He was released at the end of the season. The handling of quarterback Jay Cutler and even drafting issues have also caused criticism.

In 2018 Pace is slowly getting back into Chicago's fans good graces as he has signed three pass catchers to help out Trubisky including a markee name in Allen Robinson. While Robinson missed all but one game last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, he has been very productive for them and has made himself into a household name.

In his four seasons as a Jaguar, Robinson hauled in 202 passes to go along with 2,848 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns, according to ProFootballReference.com. Robinson is exactly the type of big play threat the Bears need, he can go over the top, run after the catch and make the tough catches in the middle.

 

They also signed wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, who had 68 catches and seven touchdowns in two seasons with the Falcons, and tight end Trey Burton who caught five touchdowns for the Eagles in 2017 and who threw the touchdown pass to Nick Foles in Super Bowl 52. Couple that with star running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, and you have a much improved offense, which was 29th in points per-game and dead last in total offense in 2017.