Hours after news broke of Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace landing Allen Robinson and Trey Burton, he’s landed yet another big target. Chicago is expected to sign receiver Taylor Gabriel, according to Zach Klein of ABC Atlanta. This move comes at the heels of several other leaked signings throughout the NFL.
Where he is not nearly as big as Robinson, Gabriel brings in a much needed element of speed to head coach Matt Nagy’s new offense in Chicago. He has averaged over 13.8 yards per reception throughout his career with the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. In all, he has recorded 1,819 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns, and 132 receptions. Six of those touchdowns came during the Falcons’ Super Bowl season of 2016. He fits Nagy’s offense well: he’s athletic, he’s elusive in space and he’s a fluid route runner. Gabriel is a dangerous threat on screens and end arounds, which makes him tough for teams to game plan around.
Pace was challenged to revamp the Bears’ receiving corps this off-season by bringing in a variety of weapons for Mitchell Trubisky to sling the rock around with. In combination with Robinson and Burton, he has done exactly that. Barring some more tweaks, be prepared to see a much higher scoring and professional offense in 2018, folks.