Chicago Bears: 3 things we learned from win over Vikings

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Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears
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Tough as nails

There are so many great personalities on this team, and as the season wears on we see them coming through more and more. Perhaps, none more than rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller. He’s already a fan favorite and it’s easy to see why.

But it’s also easy to forget that it’s pretty darn remarkable he’s even on the field making plays considering he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the third game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals. Despite trying to fight through it during that game, it was clear he was severely impacted by it. Admittedly, I did not think he’d be able to make much of a contribution this season — that’s how bad the injury looked.

But not only has he made an impact, but he’s turned into one of Mitch’s favorite targets and an extremely dynamic receiver. That’s a testament to his toughness and grittiness. That toughness was on display last night when on 2nd and 10, he caught a pass across the middle, took a vicious hit from linebacker Eric Kendricks and held onto the ball.

Miller and Mitch have been gradually developing a chemistry over the course of the season. His elite route running abilities put him in a position early in the year to be open on a lot of plays. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to connect.

That has changed significantly in recent weeks. Over the last two games, he’s totaled 7 receptions, nearly 150 yards and two touchdowns, including Mitch’s only TD toss of the night. Chicago fans are really going to enjoy watching him in the coming years, as well as witnessing this blossoming relationship with Trubisky. And if last night didn’t make that painfully obvious, then you weren’t watching.