It’s no secret that the Bears are in the market for wide receivers. Ever the team lost its best receiver, Alshon Jeffrey, to the Philadelphia Eagles last offseason, the front office has searched for competent weapons for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Cam Meredith tore his ACL in a preseason game last year, and Kevin White has wound up on injured reserve each of his first three seasons in the NFL. This left Trubisky with no real options on the outside, and Chicago finished dead last in the league in net passing yards.
The Bears can start to remedy this issue by spending a draft pick on Pettis. First and foremost, he would provide a reliable target for the young quarterback with his excellent catching ability and crisp route running. He would be a threat in the play action passing game, as the star running back duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen is sure to be the foundation of the Bears’ offense. In the event that the running game isn’t working, Pettis presents a quick option for Trubisky should his protection break down.