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10 takeaways from Bears' second week of voluntary OTAs

SMG Logo By Alyssa Barbieri of SMG | Slide 3 of 10: Another second-year player who has a bright future ahead is tight end Cole Kmet, who started out slow but really got into a groove late last season. Following a season of experience in this offense, Kmet feels more confident about his role in this offense heading into 2021. “After being a year in the offense and understanding what Coach (Matt) Nagy and Coach (Bill) Lazor are doing with this offense, I’m a lot more comfortable with it,” Kmet said. “I’m stronger. I feel like I’m quicker and faster right now. Just a lot of confidence going in with the offense and in myself.” Following a slow start during the first eight games, Kmet saw his role increase in the second half of the season, where his snaps more than doubled and he became a threat in the passing game. In the final five games, Kmet had 20 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown, along with three catches for 16 yards in Chicago's lone playoff game.  And, like Mooney, Nagy said to expect Kmet's role on offense to expand this season.   “Cole did such a great job of digesting the offense, his role will continue to expand,” Nagy said. “He’s very similar to Darnell (Mooney) — he wants more. He wants to do everything he can. He’s so fun to coach.   “We’re all going to see more of him, and that’s important because he’s very talented and he can do a lot of things. He creates matchups in the pass game and he can hold an edge and dent a defense in the run game, so that’s really exciting for us to be able to use him more.”

Cole Kmet's role will continue to expand in 2021

Another second-year player who has a bright future ahead is tight end Cole Kmet, who started out slow but really got into a groove late last season. Following a season of experience in this offense, Kmet feels more confident about his role in this offense heading into 2021. “After being a year in the offense and understanding what Coach (Matt) Nagy and Coach (Bill) Lazor are doing with this offense, I’m a lot more comfortable with it,” Kmet said. “I’m stronger. I feel like I’m quicker and faster right now. Just a lot of confidence going in with the offense and in myself.” Following a slow start during the first eight games, Kmet saw his role increase in the second half of the season, where his snaps more than doubled and he became a threat in the passing game. In the final five games, Kmet had 20 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown, along with three catches for 16 yards in Chicago's lone playoff game. And, like Mooney, Nagy said to expect Kmet's role on offense to expand this season.

“Cole did such a great job of digesting the offense, his role will continue to expand,” Nagy said. “He’s very similar to Darnell (Mooney) — he wants more. He wants to do everything he can. He’s so fun to coach.

“We’re all going to see more of him, and that’s important because he’s very talented and he can do a lot of things. He creates matchups in the pass game and he can hold an edge and dent a defense in the run game, so that’s really exciting for us to be able to use him more.”

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