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Mitch Trubisky, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller headline Bears' top performers on offense vs. Giants

Mitch Trubisky, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller headline Bears' top performers on offense vs. Giants

The Bears defeated the New York Giants 19-14 on Sunday in a game that finally provided a glimpse of what Matt Nagy's passing offense can be like when everything goes well. At least, the third quarter was.

Mitch Trubisky had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 278 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He easily could've had over 350 yards if it wasn't for tight end Ben Braunecker's first-quarter drop and center Cody Whitehair's illegal hands to the face penalty that wiped out a 60-yard reception by wide receiver Allen Robinson.

And while Trubisky's passer rating for the game wasn't great (69.0), he did end the contest with his second-best Pro Football Focus grade for the season: 71.7.

Trubisky's grade was the third-highest on offense; his primary targets ranked first and second.

Robinson, as usual, was the pace car for the Bears, registering an 80.3. He ended the game with six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 10 targets. Robinson wouldn't be denied on his 32-yard score, bullying Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine for the final five yards before crossing the goal line. He's been a stud all season long.

Anthony Miller may have had the most noteworthy performance of Sunday's win. The second-year receiver has struggled to make an impact on offense in 2019, but his effort against the Giants was the kind GM Ryan Pace hoped for when the Bears traded up for him in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Miller had six catches for 77 yards (on nine targets). He was quick and explosive in his routes and, for the first time all year, was in sync with Trubisky. If he can build off of his strong performance in Week 12, Miller can go into 2020 as a player on the rise, which is critical for the offense to continue its growth as Nagy embarks on his third season with the team.

While Sunday's win wasn't a perfect display of offense for the Bears, it certainly was a step in the right direction. It also marks three solid games in a row by Trubisky, whose development is a promising sign for a franchise that's still trying to find out if he's a franchise-level quarterback.

Should the Bears trade for this Ryan Pace player?

Should the Bears trade for this Ryan Pace player?

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks wants out of L.A. It's no secret the Rams are trying to trade him, and he expressed his desire to be traded on Twitter on Friday.

The Bears have a need in their offense for a speed wide receiver, and Cooks has been one of the most explosive weapons at the position throughout his career.

Prior to last season's offensive meltdown in Los Angeles, Cooks recorded four-straight 1,000-yard seasons and averaged more than 15 yards per catch in three of those years. He's still only 26 years old and has plenty of juice left in his legs to offer his next team a similar level of production; he would be a dynamic complement to Allen Robinson and would round out Chicago's wide receiver corps.

And here's the thing: we know Ryan Pace loves his former Saints. He just rewarded Jimmy Graham with a two-year, $16 million contract despite a market that likely wouldn't have valued his services anywhere near that amount.

But Graham was one of Pace's guys from his days in New Orleans, and so is Cooks.

The Saints traded a first- and third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to move up for Cooks (they moved from No. 27 to No. 20 to select him). Pace was New Orleans' Director of Player Personnel at the time; his voice was a powerful one in the decision to acquire Cooks.

The biggest impediment to making a move for Cooks is his contract. He signed a five-year, $81 million deal with the Rams in 2018 and has a $16.8 million cap hit in 2020. With Robinson looking to break the bank on a contract extension in the coming weeks, it's highly unlikely the Bears will commit that much money to the wide receiver position. Any trade will have to include some kind of restructured contract or an agreement that the Rams carry a significant portion of Cooks' cap hit.

There's also the issue of compensation that the Bears could send to Los Angeles for a player as dynamic as Cooks. A trade would require at least one of Chicago's second-round picks. Maybe that's all it will take, but the Rams would be justified asking for more.

The dollars have to make sense and the compensation has to be appealing enough to get a deal done. But there's no doubt Pace is at least researching his options.

Cooks, unlike Graham, would be one of Pace's guys who Bears fans would welcome with open arms.

Bears land two potential starters in latest NFL.com mock draft

Bears land two potential starters in latest NFL.com mock draft

The 2020 NFL draft is less than four weeks away and now that the first wave of free agency is over, team needs have begun to crystallize.

For the Chicago Bears, that means youth at tight end and a starting-quality safety will be high on their draft wish list. According to Chad Reuter's latest NFL.com 2020 mock draft, the Bears check both boxes with potential starters in the second round.

At pick No. 43, Chicago adds LSU safety Grant Delpit, who prior to the 2019 college football season was considered by most draft analysts to be the most gifted defensive player not named Chase Young.

Delpit's final season with the Tigers wasn't the best for his draft stock. He lacked the splash plays that made him a household name last season, but he still displayed the kind of aggressive and fearless style that would make him a strong complement next to Eddie Jackson, who the Bears want to get back to playing centerfield. Delpit will slide to the second round because he's an inconsistent finisher, but he'd offer great value for a Bears defense that needs an aggressive run defender on its third level.

At No. 50, the Bears snag a potential starter at tight end in Purdue's Brycen Hopkins

Hopkins is a wide receiver in a tight end's body; he's everything Chicago's offense has been missing. Regardless of who wins the team's quarterback competition this summer, a player like Hopkins has the kind of playmaking ability to instantly become one of the early reads in the offense's passing game. 

With veterans Jimmy Graham and Trey Burton already on the roster, a player like Hopkins could be eased into the lineup with the expectation that he'd eventually become the primary receiving option at the position by the end of his rookie season.

Not a bad second-round haul. It's critically important that Ryan Pace hits on his second-rounders, too. The Bears' next pick doesn't occur until the fifth round, which is usually when special teams players and practice squad candidates are added.