Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy understands fans’ concerns about the lack of an X-receiver type on the list.
The Bears had chances, but they didn’t draw a real “X-receiver,” a large, vertical outer target like they had in Allen Robinson. Getsy sounded a bit like the quarterback he worked with at Green Bay as he responded to fans ’anxiety about this. Aaron Rodgers was the one who told everyone to “relax” after the slow start of 2014, and that somehow became his main word when things get bad.
“Fans, of course, everyone, want Davante Adams,” Getsy said as the rookie mininamp closed. “Who wouldn’t want Davante Adams, right? That’s part of it.
“But Davante wasn’t Davante until he became Davante. I think the system will allow some of these guys to play to their full potential. And so we’ll see what we can do. We’ll give them a chance to show them what they have.”
The reason Getsy isn’t worried about the X-type is the offense itself. In it, anyone can be an X-receiver. Anyone can be a slot and anyone can be a Z-receiver.
“It’s the basis of the whole attack, of everyone’s versatility,” Getsy said. “So we want versatile guys, guys who can do a bunch of different things, to give us a chance to do a bunch of different things with every guy.
“So we don’t just want one guy who can run down the field. We don’t just want one guy who can run the chosen route. We want guys who can do a bunch of different things.”
That is why he says that the selection of the third round of the Velus Jones draft is good for this attack. Jones was not particularly X-recipient in the Tennessee attack. He lined up all over the field, even in the hinterland at times.
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“He definitely has that versatility, so that’s really cool,” Getsy said. – It was fun to see this weekend.
Getsy remains optimistic about another recipient, whom he knows well. Equanimeous St. Brown can also fit this approach as a former Packer in a similar offense, one who knows what Getsy wants.
“I thought EQ last year had a huge year in its growth and maturity from where it was to where it is now,” Getsy said. “I was very excited that we managed to catch him because I think all his best football is in front of him.”
It should be if he is truly optimistic because St. Brown can contribute as he only had nine catches last year and 37 in three seasons. St. Brown has 6 feet-5, but he’s settled into a slot, so he can be versatile if I can unlock any talent he may have.
“I’m excited to see, he’s again one of those guys you know you’re talking about a big body, a guy who can run, his toughness and all that stuff and everything we’re going to preach in this system, he’s that expectation, he’s that the leader of that way of thinking, ”Getsy said.
Tight end Cole Kmet has also shown the kind of versatility the target Getsy wants from the attacking pass catcher.
“You know we’re trying to master, to be able to master our craft, we have to master every step,” Getsy said. “So we’re just, we’re staying on track. I think he’s, if nothing else, ahead of the pace and I’m very excited to see by the end of this thing if we’re just going to keep kicking out these steps, that’s all.”
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