Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen R
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obinson look as if they're just about ready to return after missing the Chicago Bears' past two games because of injuries.Both players practiced without limitations Thursday for the second consecutive day.The NFC North-leading Bears hope to have them back in the lineup against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday."These are strange deals because Youth Roquan Smith Jersey , literally, as you're going through it (you're) trying to figure out where they're at on a day-to-day basis," coach Matt Nagy said Thursday. "Where are you at? Can you go 100 percent? Can you not? How do you feel? And we need to take that into consideration and discuss that, which leads up to game time and then how much, if so."Robinson sent strong signals that he intends to play, saying he's "100 percent" after a groin injury kept him from playing in victories over the struggling New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. He has 25 catches for 285 and two touchdowns in six games after signing a three-year contract with Chicago in March.Robinson missed just about all of last season with Jacksonville after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee early in the opener. He was brought along slowly in the preseason as he worked his way back while trying to learn a new system and develop a rapport with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky."I'm feeling great, and I'm definitely anxious to get back out there," Robinson said. "It's been a tough couple weeks, just having to watch the game from the sideline, so I'm excited."Mack, who did not make himself available for comment, got off to a huge start with the Bears following a trade from Oakland just before the opener. He had five sacks and four forced fumbles through the first four games. But he suffered an ankle injury early in an overtime loss at Miami on Oct. 14 and was largely a nonfactor the following week when New England beat Chicago at Soldier Field.Mack had not missed a game since Oakland drafted him with the fifth overall pick in 2014, before sitting out the past two. And he still was adjusting to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's system even though he sure looked dominant before he got hurt."He didn't practice much the two weeks he's missed ... so he's not where he needs to be or where we want him to be," Fangio said. "But he's certainly prepared enough to go out there and play if his ankle will let him." The Bears’ offense is a competent unit Youth Eddie Goldman Jersey , but it is not a unit with an identity. Nor is it an offense with a truly dangerous weapon. Tarik Cohen has his moments, but he is 51st in the NFL in terms of yards per reception, and 13th in terms of yards per rush. He is 32nd in yards from scrimmage per game in the NFL (at 79.4). He’s clearly a great addition to the team, and he’s more than the gadget player some critics dismissed him as from the beginning, but he is not going to knock a defense on its heels. He doesn’t have enough carries to be ranked by Football Outsiders’ DVOA, even if he is their 8th-best receiving running back. Cohen is, frankly, a fantastic ‘2’ for an offense that has a 1-2 punch. That 1 just isn’t playing right now.Time for full disclosure—I went into this piece looking at ten areas that I suspected the Bears were struggling, thinking that I could find a few to build into an article. My original title was going to be “X Things The Bears Need to Improve,” with the idea being that it really didn’t matter if only half of the areas were struggles.No luck. The Bears really have only an area or two where they are struggling, and one of those (Special Teams) is skewed by one bad game. I don’t like arguing from anecdote that severely, so I had to change directions.Of my original ten ideas, this was the only one that really stuck.Meanwhile, Trey Burton is the 19th tight end in the league when it comes to yards after the catch Youth Cody Whitehair Jersey , while only being 9th in terms of targeted air yards (per Next Gen stats). Burton is a solid 11th in yards per reception among tight ends. That’s not bad, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is also not a dominating performance. Things get better for believers in Football Outsiders’ analysis, because according to them he is at least 11th in terms of DVOA among tight ends, and 7th in DYAR. However, he’s 71st in receiving yards per game. In other words, Burton is playing like a good tight end, and he’s earning the contract Pace gave him. What he’s not doing is forcing defenses to adjust to him, and he’s not taking over games.“Deep threat” Taylor Gabriel is the highest-ranking Bear in terms of receiving yards per game, but he’s only 48th on the list. The low placement of the Bears on these lists is not an artifact of perfect ball distribution, because the Bears are 21st in receiving yards per game as a team. Instead, the receiving corps is adequate. It’s just not dangerous.It’s hard to fault or credit Trubisky in any of this, either. By now, #10 has been analyzed and over-analyzed sufficiently. However http://www.bearsfootballauthentics.com/kyle-fuller-jersey-authentic , it’s enough to point out that even with a mediocre performance against the Bills, his passer rating is enough to keep him in the top half of quarterbacks without being in the top quartile. He’s 15th in ANY/A. In other words, he’s playing fine football. He has his ups and downs, and he’s keeping drives alive at times, but he’s not taking over games. That is neither a criticism nor an apology--it’s just an observation that even if nothing about Trubisky so far has elevated the Chicago offense on a consistent basis, it’s hard to build a reasonable case that he’s somehow keeping Burton or Gabriel from unlocking their potential.What this leaves is three possibilities. The first, and probably the likeliest, is that the Bears are not going to have a true game-breaker on offense this season. They will have a quietly competent offense that serves as a counter-punch to their defense. The second is that one of the players currently earning solid (but unremarkable) stats will take a step forward. That would be nice, but it seems unlikely that it would suddenly happen in a stretch of games that will feature the Vikings twice and the Rams. The final possibility is that Allen Robinson will be a difference-maker, either by breaking games open himself or by drawing just enough attention to provide one of the others (Gabriel, Burton, or Cohen are the likeliest) a chance to truly shine.
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