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Bears WRs embracing a competition approach in 2024

There are two sayings in football that you may have heard over the years, “Competition breeds success” and “Iron sharpens Iron”. For the 2024 Chicago Bears, both of these mantras could be the new found identity on the offensive side of the football.

Recently, the Bears traded for long time San Diego/ Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, giving up just a fourth round draft pick. A year prior, the Bears traded for Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore, which proved to be a very strong investment.

Moore concluded his first season in the Windy City with a career high 96 receptions for 1,364 yards and 8 receiving touchdowns. He surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in the team’s road win over the Minnesota Vikings in week 12. It took 12 weeks for Moore to complete the achievement and this season with the addition of Allen, Moore is looking to make it a competition.

Moore joined 670 The Score and discussed a multitude of topics ranging from potential new quarterback Caleb Williams and Allen’s arrival. While being on the show, Moore displayed his competitive nature and instead of being worried about himself and his receptions being distributed to a future Hall of Fame receiver in Allen, he embraced the competition and mentioned the race to 1,000 yards.

“It doesn’t really matter to me,” Moore said. “I know we’ve both talked about how we’re going to complement each other. So I’m just looking forward to that. It might be a race to 1,000 [yards], but that’s just a friendly competition. At end of the day, if we’re winning, whoever is catching the ball, I don’t really care.”

While the Bears have yet to register a winning season since 2018, where they lost in the Wildcard game to the Philadelphia Eagles 16-15 due to the “double doink” kick, the new found appreciation and leadership qualities that Moore is instilling will take this team a long way. Healthy competition in football is needed in order to be successful and a “We, Not Me” approach will take this organization to new heights.

Allen’s arrival solidifies the offensive wide receiver room and now the focus goes on the offensive line and running game. If these areas are met with an improvement from a season ago, and the defense and special teams does it’s job, the 2024 Chicago Bears will improve upon their 7-10 record.

It is unsure who will one-hundred percent be the day one starting quarterback, but all roads lead to a first overall selection of Caleb Williams from USC. Williams will enter a strong situation where he will be throwing to Moore and Allen while watching an already solid defense make plays.

The competitive approach led by the receiver room will be very contagious and an excitement shall surround the building early on with the goal of reaching the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.


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