Chicago Bears: Grading 2018 rookie class after Year 1

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3. WR Anthony Miller, Memphis, Round 2, 51st overall

Arguably the Bears second-best rookie in 2018, Anthony Miller impressed everyone with seven touchdowns and 33 receptions, averaging 12.8 yards per reception. Miller’s strong 2018 season puts him in conversation to have a breakout 2019 season.

In Miller, the Bears have a complete wide receiver who has speed, great hands, and excels at route running. Considering he fell to the bottom half of the second round, the Bears got another steal.

Miller’s best performance of his rookie season came in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, where he hauled in five receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. As the season went on, he became more and more of a centerpiece in the Bears offense.

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It’s fair to wonder much more Miller could have sparked the Bears offense in 2018 as he started only four games. However, he should be a full-time starter in 2019, lining up Allen Robinson. The reality is that Miller can line up either outside or play from the slot and make an impact.

Going forward, Miller will be a solid security blanket for the Bears. If he develops properly then he is the Bears number one wide receiver of the future. One thing that Miller can improve on for 2019 is developing a stronger relationship with Mitchell Trubisky. If he can do this, then the Bears entire offense will benefit.

Grade: A+