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New Bears tight end Cole Kmet's reaction to being drafted is adorable

New Bears tight end Cole Kmet's reaction to being drafted is adorable

Cole Kmet is the Bears' new tight end. 

The Lake Barrington native – who recently moved to Arlington Heights – was drafted by his hometown team on Friday night, and the video of it happening is priceless: 

Awwww. Getting drafted by your home town team is always a fun wrinkle to draft night. Kmet was on a conference call with reporters and talked a bit about growing up at Bears games.

"I mean we would go to games and stuff and it was something that I was aware of, that he would talk about," he said. "Playing for the Bears for him was obviously being on the team was a dream for him too because he grew up in the area as well. So it was pretty cool. But yeah. We would go to the games every once in a while and it’s just pretty amazing to know that now I’m going to be suiting up for my hometown team."

Would trading for Raheem Mostert make sense for the Bears?

Would trading for Raheem Mostert make sense for the Bears?

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert is unhappy with his contract, one that's scheduled to pay him $2.5 million in 2020, and has requested a trade, according to his agent.

"After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mostert's contract (which paid him for special teams) we have requested a trade," Brett Tessler of Tessler Sports tweeted Wednesday." Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl."

Mostert, 28, had a remarkable stretch of games for the 49ers toward the end of the 2019 season. He scored seven touchdowns over the final six games and averaged nearly seven yards per carry in three of those contests. He finished the season with 772 yards and eight touchdowns (5.6 yards per carry). 

With the Bears hurting for depth (or maybe even a starter) at running back, should GM Ryan Pace dial up his old buddy John Lynch and inquire about a trade?

It would be a pretty incredible story if Pace gave up a draft pick for Mostert, who he cut from Chicago's roster in October 2016. Mostert was added to the Bears practice squad but lasted a little over one month before being released for good in November that year.

Now, three seasons later, Mostert has emerged as one of the more exciting big-play threats at the position. He'd be the perfect complement to Montgomery, considering Montgomery's best trait is his hard running style while his least desirable skill is his long speed.

But can the Bears afford to part ways with another draft choice and pay Mostert the raise he's looking for, which apparently is a deal closer to Tevin Coleman's $4.25 million per year?

Chicago is already down a couple of picks in the 2021 draft. According to the team's website, the Bears have selections in the following rounds: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6. 

No fourth. No seventh.

A player like Mostert shouldn't (and won't) command more than a Day-3 selection, but the Bears have just two in their arsenal. If Lynch was willing to move Mostert for a fifth-rounder, Chicago would enter next year's draft cycle with only a sixth-round pick on Day 3. Not great, Ryan. Not great.

Even if Mostert would be a nice jolt to Chicago's backfield, it doesn't appear the Bears can afford to make a move for him at this point in the franchise's winning curve. They aren't a running back like Mostert away from a Super Bowl, so it would make more sense to keep their picks and hope for the best with Montgomery. 

Maybe Pace should've just kept Mostert around to begin with.

Bears' offense ranks among the NFL's worst analytically, new study finds

Bears' offense ranks among the NFL's worst analytically, new study finds

The Bears' offense was bad last year. I know that. You know that. The Bears (hopefully?) know that. 

But *extremely 30 For 30 voice* what if I told you just how bad they really were? Would you be interested in that? You wouldn't be? Sorry, got a quota to hit. 

In a fascinating new study written by Rotoworld's Hayden Weeks, the lack of modern wrinkles in Chicago's offense are made painstakingly clear. Weeks took an analytically-slanted look at every NFL offense, and friends, it's a rough read: 

4th Down Aggressiveness: 23rd
Pass Rate on Early Downs: 9th
Pass Rate While Trailing: 13th
Play-Action Rate: 27th
Downfield Pass Rate: 16th
Middle of the Field Pass Rate: 5th
Pre-Snap Motion Percentage: 30th
Outside Run Rate: 20th
Shotgun Run Rate: 5th
Offensive Pace: 22nd

Overall, Weeks ranks the Bears as the 22nd best offense in football based on the above metrics. If there's any hope whatsoever, it comes from his short write up of Nagy's offense – but still, temper your expectations: 

If I incorporated the front office, the Bears would be much lower, but I think Nagy holds his own in terms of in-game analytics usage. He’s just been dealt a horrible hand at quarterback and with the offensive line. Nagy opted for a decent pass rate on early downs (9th) and while trailing (13th), plus uses shotgun a lot and targets the middle of the field (5th). There are a few things holding him back from jumping into Tier 3, however. The Bears weren’t aggressive enough on fourth downs (23rd) and didn't use play action (27th) or pre-snap motion (30th) nearly enough. Maybe the quarterback change sparks change.

Bears: Use play action! Just try it! I promise you'll like it.