Bears' First Preseason Wide Receiver Depth Chart is Depressing

Larry Rupp
The Chicago Bears' first preseason wide receiver depth chart is depressing.
The Chicago Bears' first preseason wide receiver depth chart is depressing. / AP Photos/Nam Huh

Chicago Bears fans have long been excited to see Darnell Mooney take over the No. 1 wide receiver role on offense. That remains true in August, but the lack of depth behind him has turned the position into a depressing sight. The Bears first preseason depth chart did nothing to brighten spirits, either.

Chicago Bears Depth Chart

The most noteworthy thing about this depth chart is the fact that Equanimeous St. Brown is listed as a starting WR opposite Mooney. The three-year pro has accumulated 543 yards on just 37 career receptions. He also has only one touchdown to his name across 37 games played (10 starts).

It's important to note that St. Brown's rise likely has a lot to do with Byron Pringle's quad injury and Velus Jones Jr.'s unspecified issue. Both players are expected to be back in time for Week 1 of the regular season. The Bears didn't pay Pringle $4.1 million to sit on the bench as a backup option.

Missing time in the preseason won't do anything to help those two get up to speed in the new offense and build chemistry with Justin Fields, though.

To make matters worse, offseason trade acquisition N'Keal Harry was listed as a third-stringer. It's a disappointing development for a 24-year-old many people thought would climb up the depth chart instead of fall. Harry has scored four career touchdowns and averaged 15.3 yards per catch in 2021.

With a month left until the regular season gets underway, this wide receiver depth chart is far from official. Preseason games and training camp drills will go a long way in deciding the final pecking order. The Bears have odds set at +12000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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