GM Ryan Pace is done messing around. People would’ve been content had he managed to land just one offensive weapon this 2018 free agency period. Anything to improve the 32nd ranked passing attack in the NFL. It seems he wasn’t content with just one solution. He decided to go for the home run. Things started well by adding big man Allen Robinson at wide receiver on a three-year deal. Then they struck again with versatile tight end Trey Burton.
Those two alone would’ve been enough, but the Bears decided to go for the trifecta in securing electric slot receiver Taylor Gabriel from Atlanta.
Taylor Gabriel expected to sign with the Chicago Bears on a 4 year deal. per source.
Taylor Gabriel is my source. #ThomaHawk
— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) March 13, 2018
If the #Bears are looking for a speed complement to their new addition of Allen Robinson, they need to go after Taylor Gabriel. He's only 5'8" but electric with the ball in his hands. pic.twitter.com/PoJXVSsAFi
— Erik Lambert (@ErikLambert1) March 13, 2018
Gabriel is one of the more underrated slot receivers in the NFL. He’s a shorter target but one with physics-defying agility and blazing speed that created so many big play opportunities for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2016, he managed 579 yards and six touchdowns in just 13 games despite playing alongside Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Last year was difficult for him due to an offensive scheme change.
Matt Nagy though runs a system that will know exactly how to take advantage of his unique gifts, just like he did for Tyreek Hill in Kansas City. Paired with Robinson and a possibly healthy Cameron Meredith? This Bears receiving corps looks far more serious than it did just 24 hours ago. Gabriel should also take more eyes away from Tarik Cohen, which something nobody that has to play the Bears this year wants. It’s another sign this team is positioning themselves to make a run.