June 13, 2024

Bears make unsurprising Caleb Williams announcement

That was clearly to be anticipated on condition that not solely was Williams the highest decide within the draft and in addition one of the crucial anticipated quarterbacks in years, however as a result of the group additionally traded former starter Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier within the offseason. 

Now that the Bears offense is formally within the palms of Williams, the subsequent query turns into how shortly he can make an impression. 

If latest prime general picks are any barometer, there are in all probability going to be some rising pains. Going again to the 2016 draft, there have been seven quarterbacks earlier than Williams to go No. 1 general.

Here is a fast rundown of what they did as starters of their rookie season:

2023: Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers: accomplished 59.8 p.c of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in a 2-15 season.

2021: Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars: accomplished 59.6 p.c of his passes with 12 touchdowns and a league-leading 17 interceptions in a 3-14 season.

2020: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals: accomplished 65.3 p.c of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, however suffered a season-ending harm after 10 begins.

2019: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals: accomplished 64.4 p.c of his passes with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in a 5-10-1 season. 

2018: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns: accomplished 63.8 p.c of his passes with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a 7-7 document.

2016: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams: accomplished 54.6 p.c of his passes with 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions whereas dropping his first seven begins.

2015: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: accomplished 58.3 p.c of his passes with 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in a 6-10 season.

Williams is getting into a fairly good state of affairs in Chicago because the Bears weren’t a typical group selecting No. 1. They gained seven video games a 12 months in the past, have an already sturdy protection and have labored onerous to encompass their QB with potential impression gamers. 

They added veteran huge receiver Keenan Allen to hitch DJ Moore, whereas additionally drafting Washington’s Rome Odunze with the No. 9 decide within the draft to present him what is likely to be one of many NFL’s finest huge receiver teams. 

They additionally signed working again D’Andre Swift and are bringing again tight finish Cole Kmet. 

Williams has playmakers at his disposal and is in a significantly better state of affairs from the beginning than virtually each quarterback on the above checklist. 

The Bears have been trying to find a franchise quarterback for many of their existence as a franchise. They could have lastly discovered one with Williams. He will now get to show that he’s the man from the very begin of his rookie season with none competitors.