Cole Kmet’s early season lull appears to be in his rearview mirror. Before his first touchdown of 2022 against Dallas in Week 8, the Bears tight end had gone 28 straight games without a receiving touchdown. Kmet now seems to be developing into Justin Fields’ No. 1 option.
Kmet has been on the field for 92.9% of offensive snaps, the most by any skill player for Chicago. As the offense has expanded its capabilities with Fields’ growth over the last four weeks, Kmet’s opportunities have increased, the story said. It went on to say Kmet had put in countless hours perfecting his connection with Fields throughout the offseason.
It's not as if the team has many other options, but regardless, finding a tight end with a legitimate target floor is difficult to find in fantasy. Cole Kmet was involved in the screen game during the Bears' second preseason game, an area of the field that he was not utilized in during the last coaching regime; his four targets on screens in 2021 ranked 25th amongst NFL tight ends.
Bears beat reporter Courtney Cronin gave a detailed look at the new Bears offense being installed, and a lot of it revolves around QB Justin Fields and moving. “I don't want to get too much in detail with it, but Justin’s on the move a lot, and I think he does well with that,” tight end Cole Kmet said. “That’s been exciting to see, and you see the types of throws he can make with his legs and on the run and off-schedule.”
Cronin also touched on Fields and Eberflus' relationship getting stronger and his ability to pick up the offense. “We have to be on the same page, always,” Getsy said. “That’s where I feel like he’s grown, is communicating with me so well now, things that he’s feelings, things that he sees and so that part of it has just been tremendous for a young guy to be able to do that.”
Second-year tackle Teven Jenkins also commented on how the offense looks from his point of view. “It is a big difference,” Jenkins said of the scheme. “It’s a lot faster pace, a lot more up-tempo, getting around, setting edges, all that stuff. How that affects you is you got to slim down a little bit more, get faster, speeding up in certain areas.”
The article also focuses on RB David Montgomery and his role in the new offense.
The Bears offense is one of the biggest question marks for fantasy players ahead of 2022 drafts. Even if the coaching staff is just blowing smoke towards reporters, what the offense is doing in OTAs is at least foundational for expectations this season.
After once being the butt of the league with a gaggle of tight ends vying for playing time, Griffin is now in line to be Chicago's TE2 behind Cole Kmet. Griffin has been mildly successful when given a chance and could steal targets from Kmet. Both are to be drafted later or not at all depending on league size.