The Chicago Bears offense has been a popular topic of conversation this offseason — and not in a good way. This is nothing new for Bears fans.
With the importance of quarterback Justin Fields’ development in Year 2, there has been criticism of his supporting cast. Whether it’s an unproven wide receiver group or a suspect offensive line.
With training camp in full swing, the offense remains a work in progress. But we still have a long way to go before the start of the season.
Our Bears Wire staff shares their bold prediction for the offense heading into the 2022 season. Go all out or don’t even try.
Alyssa Barbieri: David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert combined for 1,000 yards
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All eyes will be on sophomore quarterback Justin Fields as the Bears transition to a new offense under Luke Getsy. But from everything we’ve heard so far, this offense will be run-heavy and a quarterback’s best friend. The Bears have two starting-caliber running backs, David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert, who will share the workload this season. Montgomery will be the starting quarterback, but Herbert will get more opportunities in his second season.
Look no further than Green Bay for what we can expect from the Montgomery-Herbert duo. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon proved to be a two-headed monster for the Packers, each eclipsing 1,000 yards in 2021. Montgomery and Herbert certainly have the potential to do the same. The Bears will be the first team, as a means to help Fields, and there will be opportunities for Montgomery and Herbert to thrive in both the run game and the pass game. If you play fantasy football, be sure to draft either Montgomery or Herbert.
Brendan Sugrue: Velus Jones Jr. leads team in touchdown receptions
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It’s rare for a rookie wide receiver to lead his team in receiving touchdowns, especially when that team is the Chicago Bears, but Velus Jones Jr. could be the prime candidate to achieve such a feat. The Bears have a plan for him after selecting him in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and even though he’s just entering his freshman year, he should see plenty of snaps. He’s capable of being a swiss army knife in the NFL and should see plenty of screens, shovel passes, deep patterns and more in offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s playbook.
Much has been made of Jones’ age since being drafted by the Bears, but at 25, not only is he entering the prime of his athleticism, but he’s also had more time to learn route trees and play different spots in the offense. He will be able to run a lot of different routes, play in different packages and be used more than people think.
It’s early in camp, but Jones is quickly building a relationship with Justin Fields. He’ll be a frequent target soon enough, and with so much attention on players like Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet, Jones will have plenty of scoring opportunities.
Ryan Fedrau: The offensive line takes a big leap in 2022
As the Bears rebuild around Justin Fields, the offensive line has been a priority. The addition of Michael Schofield and Riley Reiff will be two key factors in Chicago’s much improved offensive line this season.
Despite questions about who Fields will throw the ball to, it won’t matter if he’s constantly under pressure. As Ryan Poles rebuilds this team, he has made one thing clear – the offensive line was a problem last season, and fixing it is one of the things he needs to do quickly.
I’m not saying Chicago will have the best offensive line in football. But I think the current team has the potential to be good enough to keep the Bears in the games. I guess they finish in the middle of the league when it comes to pressure and sacks. Much better than 21st, which is PFF’s ranking after the 2021 season.
This story originally appeared on Bears Wire