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Bears receiver room will be a ‘1,000-yard race’ according to DJ Moore – NBC Sports Chicago

Bears receiver room will be a ‘1,000-yard race’ according to DJ Moore – NBC Sports Chicago

Talk of a “big three” or “alpha three” on a team is usually reserved for the NBA, but in Chicago, that rhetoric belongs to the Bears. Just a few years after fielding one of the NFL’s least productive wide receiving units, Keenan Allen, DJ Moore and Rome Odunze are all in line to take the field for the Bears. And each of them could be considered a WR1 on other teams.

So who will be the WR1 in this group? Odunze won’t claim that title for several years, but the other two can each make their case. Allen is the most proven veteran with 11 years of NFL experience and over 10,000 yards under his belt. But he is celebrating his 32nd birthday and is only under contract for one season. Moore is in his prime and has thrived with the Bears in 2023. He caught 96 passes for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns last year, all career highs. But Moore is still in his teenage years in the NFL, compared to Allen’s long track record of success.

It’s a lot to sort through, so don’t feel bad if you don’t know who you should call WR1 on this team.

“Neither do we,” head coach Matt Eberflus said on “Up & Adams.”

It’s a new day in Chicago. One in which the question will be: “How are they going to distribute the ball evenly enough to keep everyone happy?” » rather than “Can someone step in third?”

“I feel like it’s going to be a 1,000-yard race,” Moore said on the show. “It should be amazing.”

Moore isn’t worried about drama developing if one receiver produces significantly more than the others. On the one hand, no one would describe Allen, Moore or Odunze as a “diva” wide receiver. These types of pass catchers exist and teams need to know how to deal with them, but that shouldn’t be a problem in Chicago. On the other hand, Moore believes new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron is a man who will use every weapon at his disposal.

“I saw the way he distributed the ball in Seattle,” Moore said. “The way he does that here is going to be amazing.

“We will all eat.”

Moore has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL since the Panthers drafted him in 2018. He has reached 1,000 yards in four of his six total seasons. He only missed two games in total. This dependability is incredibly important and attractive to teams when recruiting free agents, and with Moore only under contract for two more seasons, he will negotiate a new deal sooner rather than later. A drop in his numbers could impact his next contract.

But Moore said adding another 1,000-yard season to his resume isn’t his number one priority. He has his eyes fixed elsewhere.

“I just made the playoffs. I’m just showing the growth we’ve had over the last year. Make the playoffs, with 10 wins.

“Having 1,000 yards might be a close second.”

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