June 18, 2024

The Bears have big expectations for their youthful and talented offense, which is anchored by 2024 No. 1 overall choice quarterback Caleb Williams.

However, it appears like he and the rest of the offense struggled early in OTAs.

Wide receiver D.J. Moore described Thursday’s practice as a “frustrating” day, with Chicago’s defense constantly outperforming Williams and the offense.

Kevin Byard, a two-time Pro Bowl safety, was one of the defenders who outplayed Williams, but instead of gloating, he offered the youngster guidance.

 

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“I told him at the end of practice, ‘Keep going.'” “We’re going to keep making you better,” Byard told ESPN.com’s Courtney Cronin. “And not necessarily saying he had a terrible day, but days like this are going to make you better.”

Veterans like Byard must maintain Williams’ trust, knowing that the offense will make plays in due time.

Several new players, including running back D’Andre Swift, wide receivers Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze, and tight end Gerald Everett, must gel.

The rookie quarterback told the Bears precisely what they wanted to hear.

“Of course, I will,” Williams said.

Furthermore, Chicago’s defense should dominate early on, particularly after improving dramatically in the second half of the 2023 season, completing the year as the best run defense in the league.

The unit will only get better with Byard’s free-agent signing and veterans like defensive tackle Gervon Dexter Sr. and cornerback Tyrique Stevenson entering their second seasons.

If Williams’ and the offense’s troubles continue over the summer, during training camp and preseason, there should be cause for concern.

Obviously, there will be some growing pains. Williams may do great things in the future, but he has a long way to go.

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