Bears WR DJ Moore sends 2-word message on Caleb Williams

DJ Moore I said it once and he’ll say it again: it was the anticipation throws of new Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams that impressed him the most.

Moore has now twice praised Williams for his ability to throw with anticipation since the Bears selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. He recently spoke about it during his May 7 interview with FanDuel TV’s “Up & Adams” at Halas Hall, receiving a question from host Kay Adams about “what sets Caleb apart” for him.

“His anticipation,” Moore said Tuesday. “I think I said it recently. (When) we were practicing, he had the ball on the money before you even turned around.

Moore and Williams have already spent some time together on the court. Williams invited Moore — along with new Bears receivers Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze — to Los Angeles for a throwing session with him in April before the draft. He immediately noticed that Williams was throwing with better anticipation than Moore had seen.

Notably, anticipation was one of the things Williams’ predecessor – Justin Fields – struggled with a little too often during his three seasons in Chicago. Moore even hinted as much when he talked about what would be “better” in 2024 with Williams as the starter.

“The anticipation is there,” Moore said Mirror Sports USA. “You can tell he expects us to be open at a certain time, so that will be one of the things that will be better.” But I just have to be on the same page with him going forward and that’s going to take time. Maybe it will be quick, or maybe it will take time. I hope it will be quick.

Caleb Williams is already working on developing the chemistry

How quickly Williams builds chemistry with his teammates could set expectations for the Bears going into the 2024 season. It’s reasonable to expect he’ll need some time to fully adjust to the pros, even as the No. 1 overall selection. If he and the rest of the Bears offense can quickly get on the same page, they now have a roster built to win.

Williams will officially participate in his first NFL practice on May 10, when rookie minicamp opens for the Bears. The two-day minicamp will be somewhat limited in scope, but it will still provide him with an opportunity to start connecting with his teammates, particularly Odunze. Both are first-round picks who should be part of the Bears’ long-term offensive fabric, and they have begun to form a friendship off the field.

To his credit, Williams has also already taken the initiative to dedicate more time to training. Bears tight end Cole Kmet told 670 The Score’s “Parkins & Spiegel” that Williams has already started holding offseason throwing sessions with his offensive teammates during the summer gap between the two. the end of OTAs and the start of training camp.

Caleb Williams has the best chance to win OROTY 2024

The enthusiasm building around Williams is undeniable. Not only is he the consensus best quarterback in the 2024 class, but he’s also potentially heading into the best situation ever for a No. 1 pick quarterback based on the Bears’ supporting cast. And naturally, Williams’ excellent situation has punters making lofty predictions.

According to the latest odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, Williams has the best odds (+200) to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award for the 2024 season, ahead of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (+600) and Washington Commanders quarterback Jayden Daniels. (+650) – the second overall pick in this year’s draft.

Of course, Bears fans would be content to see Williams become the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for 4,000 yards in a single season. Fields never even topped 2,600 yards in his three seasons in Chicago; although, to be fair, he didn’t always have the best supporting cast and faced front office turnover after his rookie season.

If Williams can accomplish this feat as a rookie, Bears fans may never calm down.