Bears Q&A: Wide receiver woes, final drive vs. Falcons, developing Mitch Trubisky and more

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The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your questions weekly.

Is 's development stunted if he plays with this group of WRs? — @Dsider1234

Not anymore than ’s development will be stunted with the current group of wide receivers. It is what it is right now and the Bears will make an addition at some point but the chances of a major move happening seem remote. It’s not like there is a receiver sitting on the street waiting for the phone to ring. There also are not teams lining up to shed top playmakers from their roster and the Bears would be wise to be protective of their draft picks moving forward. It’s not ideal and it puts the onus on offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains to be creative. The Bears do have a strong group of tight ends. While they don’t have an elite talent at the position, they’ve got players with strong traits and the passing game will lean on the tight ends. They’ve got a running back that is quickly proven he can be a strength in the passing game in Tarik Cohen. I like what Loggains has said about the wide receivers too. He realizes he needs to put each individual receiver in a position to excel at what they do well. It’s going to be a challenge and it doesn’t look pretty right now but it’s something the Bears are going to have to tackle this season and they’ve made the first move promoting undrafted rookie free agent Tanner Gentry from the practice squad.

If Mike Glennon was an 85 rating, 7-win/9-loss type of QB all year, would that mean Mitch Trubisky would never play in 2017? — @cronebender

I believe Trubisky will get an opportunity to play and an opportunity to start this season. I know everyone wants to know WHAT WEEK that will happen – and there are plenty of questions in the Mailbag asking that very question – but it’s impossible to say right now.

Glennon certainly didn’t play poorly enough to lose his starting job in the season opener and the Bears have said they want Trubisky to learn and develop. They’re not going to scrap their plan after one week of the regular season, just like they didn’t scrap their plan after the first week of preseason. Glennon keeps his job through the regular season if he plays at a high level and the team is winning. Let’s see how this plays out.

Is there a possibility for a major trade for a WR? — @BearsFanatic90

Anything is possible but the chances of that happening seem remote to me. A major trade would require the Bears to give up a major asset, right? I don’t see a position that is overloaded with talent where they can deal from. I highly doubt general manager Ryan Pace wants to trade a first- or second-round draft pick to acquire a wide receiver at this point. Perhaps thinking would be different if the Bears projected as a playoff team with the chance of making a deep run in January. I don’t think anyone views that as a realistic possibility for the Bears at this point. The first move the team has made is to promote Tanner Gentry from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Was not wanting to play here a real thing or was it just the Bears wary of his injury history? — @TomOMalley23

My belief is that Jeffery’s first preference was to play elsewhere after his Bears’ contract expired and he reached the open market. Could he have been lured back with a huge salary offer? Sure. That was perhaps a possibility. It didn’t happen and what a lot of people don’t recognize is when players reach the open market, it’s a two-way street. Yes, the Bears were involved in negotiations to re-sign Jeffery but there wasn’t a club out there that stepped forward with the kind of multi-year deal he was seeking. Thus, the one-year, prove-it contract with the Eagles. Jeffery had durability issues during his time with the Bears and there was the unfortunate four-game suspension for violating the ’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs last year. Would Jeffery be the team’s No. 1 wide receiver right now? Without question. Would he have been their No. 1 receiver before injuries to Cameron Meredith and ? No doubt. He’s not here.

Why is Hroniss Grasu on the roster if he can't start with out? He started all preseason. — @Rradulski

The Bears experimented with Grasu at center and switching to left guard in preseason and I don’t think the former third-round draft pick played particularly well. was used at left guard on Sunday against the and the Bears kept Whitehair at center, which I think was a smart move. You need more than one backup offensive lineman and you need a reserve center in the event something happens to Whitehair. That’s why Grasu is on the roster. I kind of doubt he would have made the team had Eric Kush not been placed on season-ending injured reserve but he’s here for now.

Can Bears do an injury settlement with Kevin White? — @Tymbark1966

No. The Bears are on the hook for the full $16,563,047 his four-year contract was worth when they drafted him with the seventh overall pick in 2015. The entire amount was fully guaranteed per the slotting for draft pick salaries. That means White will earn a base salary of $615,000 this season. His base salary in 2018 climbs to $2,576,463 next season and that amount, again, is fully guaranteed. The Bears could cut White but they would be on the hook for that amount. There is an offset but the Bears would wind up paying the majority of that.

Is healthy enough in your opinion (or team's opinion) to take on a big load at tight end and possibly have a career year given the WR troubles? — @Inline_Sixx

Miller is fully healthy, as healthy as a 32-year-old with an extensive injury history in the NFL can be, and he handled a big load in Sunday’s opener against the Falcons when he was on the field for 40 of the 67 offensive snaps. Miller put up career highs last season with 47 receptions for 486 yards in 10 games last season. Provided he remains healthy, he could easily exceed those figures in 16 games this season. You can bet Miller is going to be a major component in the passing game.

What is the game plan this week for ? Will he play in the red zone? — @castronova_aj31

Shaheen didn’t make a lot of plays in preseason and was relatively quiet in training camp as he makes the adjustment to the NFL. The jump from Division II is a considerable one and you also have to realize that tight end is one of the most difficult positions for rookies to make an impact at in the NFL. Greg Olsen had 39 receptions for 391 yards in 14 games as a rookie for the Bears in 2007. That was because he was adjusting to the game. Tight ends need to have mastery of the passing game (receiving and blocking) and the running game and that’s a lot to cover. Zach Miller is an excellent target in the red zone and the Bears believe will be as well. Sims caught only 26 passes for the Dolphins last season but had four touchdowns. I am sure we will see Shaheen get some action in the red zone at some point but realize his development is going to take some time.

Did you like the way Bears used dropping him coverage on 3rd downs a lot? — @randywedo57

The Falcons converted five of 11 third downs in the game and Floyd was on the field for 10 of those plays, three of them which were running plays. Of the seven third downs the Falcons dropped back to pass with Floyd on the field, he rushed quarterback four times and dropped in zone coverage three times. On two of the three drops, Ryan threw an incomplete pass. Ryan completed a 6-yard pass to on third-and-3 and Floyd dropped. Linebacker came on a zone pressure on that play and got a hit on Ryan. Floyd is the best pass rusher the Bears have but he’s also far and away their best outside linebacker in coverage. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio mixed it up and I’d expect to see more of that this season. If Floyd had won some one-on-one battles and picked up a couple quarterback hits or a sack, it wouldn’t be a question.

What are the odds of the Bears getting a receiver like Allen Hurns, who has been rumored to be on the trade block? — @HultmanMatt

I’d be mighty surprised if Jacksonville was looking to move Hurns after Allen Robinson was lost for the season to a torn ACL in the ’ upset of the on Sunday in Houston.

Were you surprised played significantly more than ? — @KyleBeckrich

It did surprise me that Acho was on the field for 40 snaps on Sunday, twice as many as Young. Acho was playing in the base package and based on the formations the Falcons were using, that called for a lot of work for him. I’m interested in hearing what defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has to say about that later this week. Hopefully it’s not a health-related decision. Acho isn’t viewed as an impact player and Young historically has been much more productive as a pass rusher.

Any chance they call on since he knows the system? — @KCJ_Swish

Cruz didn’t show anything in training camp that leads me to believe he can be a significant producer for the Bears in the passing game. He’s got name recognition and enjoyed some terrific seasons with the . Those days are long gone.

Why was Tarik Cohen not in the game on last drive? — @usedsolutions

Cohen was on the field for the final play of the drive, the sack on fourth down, and by my count he was on the field for eight of the 16 plays on that final drive.

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