Not lengthy after the Chicago Bears drafted Cincinnati vast receiver Tyler Scott within the fourth spherical Saturday, Scott tweeted a video of the second he acquired the Bears’ name.
Above the clip of him placing on a Bears hat to the cheers of household and buddies, he wrote a message to quarterback Justin Fields.
“EXACTLY who I wanted to draft me all along!!” Scott tweeted. “Time to get to work @justnfields.”
Scott grew up an Ohio State fan in northeast Ohio and has adopted Fields’ profession since he performed there. He referred to as the Bears quarterback “a playmaker, a guy that’s doing whatever it takes to win, whether that’s throwing or running.”
Now Scott is one in every of three offensive gamers the Bears drafted to assist Fields win in his third 12 months within the league.
“Just being a part of that offense is going to be fun,” Scott stated.
By the tip of the draft Saturday evening, Bears basic supervisor Ryan Poles had added a speedy rookie in Scott. He used one other fourth-round choose on Texas working again Roschon Johnson, the backup to No. 8 choose Bijan Robinson. And after all the Bears used their first-round choose Thursday evening to take Tennessee offensive deal with Darnell Wright at No. 10.
In addition to the rookies, the Bears this offseason added No. 1 vast receiver DJ Moore within the commerce of the No. 1 choose to the Carolina Panthers. And they signed guard Nate Davis, tight finish Robert Tonyan, working again D’Onta Foreman and backup quarterback P.J. Walker in free company.
About the one space the Bears didn’t tackle was middle, however veterans Cody Whitehair and Lucas Patrick return there.
When Poles sat in entrance of reporters on the finish of the draft at Halas Hall, he was requested a key query: Is that sufficient to considerably enhance the offense?
“You want to support your quarterback. We all know that’s where it starts,” Poles stated. “So you wish to encompass him with expertise. We needed to wait slightly bit to do it the best way we wished to do it, and I feel we discovered some good alternatives to try this.
“Solidify and improve the O-line, make sure that we have the running game to stay balanced and then give him different types of receivers and different threats to create separation so more big plays can be made and you can grow your confidence and get in a rhythm.”
Scott, who’s 5-foot-10 and weighs 177 kilos, was a working again in highschool however transformed to vast receiver at Cincinnati. Three years of development on the place resulted in a breakout 2022 season wherein he had 54 catches for 899 yards and 9 touchdowns.
The Bears consider Scott, who ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.37 seconds at his professional day, brings big-play capability downfield, with scout Ryan Cavanaugh saying, “Justin’s going to like throwing to him deep.” Poles thinks Scott will proceed to develop with extra teaching, however he stated Scott’s top-end pace helps purchase him time to make that development.
“Do you have the tools that you can’t teach?” Poles stated. “And that’s pace, so he has one field checked. Then there’s the participant himself and the work ethic and the time they’re going to place into the main points. That’s what this degree is all about are the main points on how one can do issues the appropriate means so that you’ve got correct timing, correct separation, all of that.
“He checks all of those boxes, so I know with good coaching and his hard work that he’s going to put in, too, that he can take that next step and add the details of route-running with the speed. And that will be a deadly combination.”
Scott’s pleasure about becoming a member of the Bears got here with extra than simply cursory data of the group.
Beyond being a fan of Fields, Scott stated he liked watching Bears nice Gale Sayers on movie when he was rising up. One of his dad’s favourite gamers is Dick Butkus. And when his dad goes out in public, individuals method to say, “Hey, I’ve just got to ask, are you Mike Singletary?”
“I love collecting sports cards, and so I’ve got Mike Singletary’s rookie card,” Scott stated. “I ended up looking at it, and I’m like, ‘OK, that definitely does look like my dad.’”
Johnson, a 6-foot, 219-pounder who was a highschool quarterback, additionally transformed to a brand new place in faculty and rushed for two,190 yards and 23 touchdowns over 4 seasons at Texas — taking part in behind Robinson the final three years.
Poles stated Johnson will add competitors to a working backs room that features Foreman and Khalil Herbert. He stated Johnson provides the Bears a very good move protector and together with his quarterback abilities even would possibly permit the offensive workers to “do some really cool things with him and keep a defense on their toes.”
The Bears praised Johnson for his intangibles in addition to his on-field efficiency. Scout John Syty stated that when he visited Texas, staffers all around the facility stated Johnson was the hardest-working participant within the constructing.
“This human being is wired differently,” Syty stated. “The extra time you spend round him, the extra you understand that you’re most likely the one who has issues you want to work on, not him. He’s that form of man.
“I’ve been doing this now for five or six years and just thinking back as we’re making that pick, I don’t know if I’ve ever written a guy with as much character as him. This is a special, special human being.”
The Day 3 additions of Scott and Johnson got here on high of Wright, the 6-5, 333-pound deal with who coach Matt Eberflus declared within the post-draft information convention is “going to be a force in there.” While Scott and Johnson be a part of place teams with loads of competitors, Wright arrives at Halas Hall with the expectation the Bears can depend on him to be the beginning proper deal with off the bat.
“An outstanding person and great worker and you can see the raw traits for him to be able to really improve and get better,” Eberflus stated. “And he’s already good.”
The subsequent step after all of the additions, Poles stated, is getting the group collectively to start to construct chemistry. The Bears host their new rookies at minicamp subsequent weekend.
“It has got to come together,” Poles stated. “But I feel like on paper right now we’ve done a really good job to surround (Fields) with the talent.”