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Bleacher Report, and also every single Bears fan, thinks Anthony Miller will have a big 2020

Bleacher Report, and also every single Bears fan, thinks Anthony Miller will have a big 2020

Stop me if you've heard this before: 

If the Bears offense can finally start producing, Miller will be in line for a breakout year given his increase in targets last season. 

You may remember that line from literally any bar in Chicago. This one, however, came from Bleacher Report's recent predictions of all 32 team's breakout players in 2020. Here's the reasoning:

Anthony Miller's career with the Chicago Bears is off to a decent start, but this upcoming season is the perfect opportunity for him to solidify himself as one of the league's more dominant receivers.

The 25-year-old Memphis product had a strong rookie campaign with seven receiving touchdowns. His end-zone production dropped in 2019, but he recorded 52 receptions for 656 yards and two scores and had a 61.2 percent catch rate. He also saw an uptick in his role and was targeted 31 more times.

They're not wrong, either. There were times last season – and two late-season, divisional games from last season come to mind – when Miller looked like the best player on the Bears' offense. Remember this?

Consistency has always been what's held Miller back, although the Bleacher Report piece also places a fair bit of that blame on Mitch Trubisky/Chase Daniel, which, fair enough. 

You can peruse through all 32 guesses right here. 

    The Match: Peyton Manning uses new Bears QB Nick Foles to troll Tom Brady

    The Match: Peyton Manning uses new Bears QB Nick Foles to troll Tom Brady

    America got a taste of live sports on Sunday via The Match, a charity golf outing pitting Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The competition raised $10 million for coronavirus relief.

    It also offered Manning the chance to take a friendly jab at Brady, long his competitor on the gridiron, using new Bears quarterback Nick Foles.

    In a mid-match interview, Manning noted how it's difficult to get to Brady's head on the field. The former Colts and Broncos quarterback then named two potential caddies he could have brought to disrupt Brady's focus: his brother, Eli Manning, and Foles.

    "Do you bring Eli? Could do that," Manning said. "Do you bring Nick Foles? Maybe."

    "Cheap shot," Brady said in response, grinning.

    The Philadelphia Eagles beat Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII two years ago, with Foles, a backup turned starter, leading the charge. Based on Brady's comment, Manning may have struck a nerve with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

    Foles got in on the fun on Twitter:

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    2020 Bears Schedule: Will Gardner Minshew mania grip Jacksonville again?

    2020 Bears Schedule: Will Gardner Minshew mania grip Jacksonville again?

    The game

    The Bears will make a late-season visit to Jacksonville on Dec. 27. The last time the Bears faced the Jaguars, Jacksonville prevailed 17-16 on Oct. 16, 2016, thanks to a late TD pass from Blake Bortles to former Fighting Illini wide receiver Arrelious Benn. Rest assured, there will be some extra motivation on the sideline this time around, as former Jaguars Nick Foles and Allen Robinson face their ex-teammates.

    Player to watch

    The Bears will be facing the man who replaced Foles as Jaguars starting QB last season, Gardner Minshew. In 14 games, he threw for nearly 3,300 yards with 21 TD and 6 INT, but Jacksonville ranked just 26th in the league in total scoring and limped to a 6-10 record. Entering his first full season as the unquestioned starter, Minshew will have DJ Chark as a top target after the wideout exploded onto the scene last season.

    RELATED: Bears 2020 schedule: Game-by-game predictions

    Additions and subtractions

    One defensive standout to keep an eye on is Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville’s best pass-rusher who had the franchise tag placed on him but has repeatedly demanded a trade. Whether or not a trade partner is found will be the biggest issue facing the team as they head toward training camp, whenever that may be. Jacksonville also added talented but injury-plagued tight end Tyler Eifert in free agency.

    Key storyline

    Since their tough loss in the 2018 AFC Championship game to the Patriots, the Jaguars have torn their roster to shreds as they move into the next era of their franchise. Standout players sent packing over the last year or so include Calais Campbell, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Marcell Dareus, and of course, Nick Foles.

    New GM David Caldwell is nearly done purging the roster, and that means this Jacksonville team will be playing the long game and likely setting themselves up for a top pick in next year’s draft.

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