Chicago Bears: Javon Wims poised for a breakout season

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Javon Wims could be poised for a breakout season with the Chicago Bears in 2019.

When you think about all of the offensive weapons on the Chicago Bears that Mitchell Trubisky can throw to, names like Tarik Cohen, Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Anthony Miller, and Taylor Gabriel immediately come to mind.

However, one name that may slip the minds of fans is Javon Wims. The former seventh-round pick was drafted 224th overall. Rarely is much expected from a player picked that late — and in fact — most fail to even stick on the roster their first year.

However, Ryan Pace doesn’t just throw away picks so we all should have known that he saw something in Wims that made him believe he had the potential to be a contributor to the team. That vision could become a reality in 2019 as Wims is set to take on a bigger role on the team with Josh Bellamy now on the New York Jets and Kevin White no longer an option.

Wims burst on the scene for the Bears in the fourth preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In that game, Wims hauled in 4 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Granted it was a preseason game, but beyond the stats, Wims showed off the skills that led Pace to select him in the first place. He is a big body who does well catching the ball in traffic –, particularly on deep contested balls. His big hands allow him to catch in traffic, and once he does, he has pretty good speed to breakaway.

Unfortunately, Wims did not get much playing time during the regular season until the final game against the Minnesota Vikings. However, in that game, Wims stepped up in a big way. He had four catches for 32 yards, including two catches on critical third-down plays in the fourth quarter.

It was a great way to end the season for Wims — with a little momentum on his side. With the expectation that he will see more reps, or at a minimum, have an opportunity to earn more reps, Wims seems like the kind of player who will grab ahold of the opportunity with both hands.

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It will be really exciting to see how Wims improves in his second-year, but in a sense, it almost feels like the team had an extra draft pick this year and with it, they selected a wide receiver with a little NFL polish and experience in the offense. From that perspective, it is fair to expect bigger things from Wims this season.