For as long as Matt Nagy has been in town, he’s been looking for his QB1 and his TE1, two positions integral to running his offense. Think of similar offenses: Kansas City has the Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce connection, and Philadelphia boasts both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert for Jalen Hurts to target. Now, for the first time during Nagy's tenure in Chicago, it looks like the Bears may finally have long-term answers at each spot in Justin Fields and Cole Kmet.
Apparently Kmet and Fields recognize the opportunity in front of them as well, and have been putting in overtime to help realize their potential together.
“He’s always out there wanting to get extra work in,” Kmet said of Fields. “So I know that if I go up to him and say, ‘Hey, you want to get some routes in?’ he’s always up for it. Nothing that really needs to be said. He’s just always out there working. He’s out there now just working. He’s always out there for 10-15 minutes after practice getting some extra work in, so no reason why you can’t jump in and get some balls thrown.”
The few routes here and there likely won’t make a huge impact over the course of training camp, or maybe even this season. But that’s not the point. Kmet has the longview in mind with this extra work, “to stay in tune with (Fields) and grow with him through his process of being in the league.”
Last season, a 33-year-old Jimmy Graham joined the Bears during free agency and managed to make an immediate impact. He led the Bears with eight touchdown receptions, while playing only 59% of the team’s snaps, and catching balls from Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. Now consider the impact Fields and Kmet一 two up-and-coming weapons一 could have together in the same offense, with expanded roles, in the not-too-distant future.
“The hope is that we are here for the long run,” Kmet said. “I think they drafted us in that mind, so it's good to get that equity in now, start building that. It's not going to hurt me, it's not going to hurt him to get that work in and I think it will be good for both of us in the long run."