Chicago Bears position battles to look for during training camp

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Chicago Bears camp battle to watch: Wide Receivers

The Chicago Bears might have a great duo in Fields and Darnell Mooney. Mooney eclipsed the 1,000-receiving yard mark last season and had the best chemistry with Fields. The two spent the offseason working on that chemistry so expect some more fireworks with them.

The problem for the Bears is who steps up behind Mooney in this offense. The only returning wide receiver from last season besides Mooney is Dazz Newsome. He, however, didn’t have many snaps last year so he’s still feeling his way around.

Poles did go out and sign some free agents. Equanimeous St. Brown, Byron Pringle, Dante Pettis, Tajae Sharp, Chris Finke, and David Moore as free agents. He also drafted Velus Jones Jr. in the third round.

Of this group, Pringle looks like the best option behind Mooney. He played in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes and last season made an impression despite being behind a lot of great pass catchers.

Pettis has the tools to be a good receiver but just hasn’t been able to be consistent yet. This is likely his final shot at sticking in the league so he has to come out and perform.

Jones will certainly get a shot to make an impact. His pick was controversial. He is already 25 years old, having played six seasons in college.

Additionally, he was projected as a fifth-round pick so picking him in the third round might be a reach. If he performs well, however, those questions will be moot.

Having options besides Mooney is critical for the development of Fields and the success of this offense. If a couple of players from this group are able to be consistent options it bodes well for at least some success moving forward.