Quarterback: Maybe Mitch Trubisky took his first major strides toward greatness with his six TD passes in the 48-10 victory over the Bucs, or maybe he just got hot against a poor defense. But he showed what’s possible in Nagy’s offense, and he built some much-needed confidence after being little more than a game manager in his first 15 NFL starts.
Running backs: Jordan Howard has been unimpressive for most of the season (3.2 yards per carry) and has received less work on the ground than he’s been used to in the past, but he’s more involved in the pass game. Tarik Cohen has been magnificent and appears destined to play a bigger role as a ball carrier than he did last season. He brings a more explosive element, especially as a pass catcher, but it remains to be seen how his body holds up to a heavier workload.
Wide receivers: Allen Robinson’s rapid recovery from ACL surgery has been a pleasant surprise, and he leads the team with 217 receiving yards and has shown the characteristics of once again becoming a go-to guy after missing 15 games in 2017. Taylor Gabriel has been a bigger part of the attack than expected with a team-best 22 receptions, and he’s second with 193 yards.
His elite speed and quickness have helped the offense stretch the field horizontally as well as vertically. Rookie Anthony Miller was showing impressive potential and occasional production before suffering a dislocated shoulder in Week Three that will not require surgery now but could be an ongoing concern. Kevin White, the seventh overall draft pick in 2015, has been the forgotten man in this offense with zero targets through four games. His attitude has been exemplary, though, and he’s blocked with tenacity while getting limited snaps. The Bears haven’t given up on him – yet.
Tight ends: Some optimists were expecting more from Trey Burton, but he’s averaged 16.0 yards on 11 grabs and is tied with Gabriel for the team lead with two TD catches. Dion Sims has been an afterthought in the passing game, and Adam Shaheen is on injured reserve with a foot/ankle injury, although he could return after eight games and would provide an additional option in the passing game with the size to factor as a blocker in the run game.