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Mark Potash

Chicago Bears reporter

Mark Potash covers the Chicago Bears for the Chicago Sun-Times.

With a rookie quarterback in Caleb Williams and new weapons in place, the first-year coordinator wouldn’t set the bar too high for a fast start. But he sees the potential. “Guys are bought in. The personalities are jelling. The people are great. So with that, the results will come.”
Lewis played for the Bears last season and caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown, but his biggest value was as a blocker. This will be his 19th NFL season.
A starter since Week 1 of his rookie season in 2022, the former second-round draft pick looks to take his game to another level in 2024. “The Bears haven’t gotten the best version of me yet,” he said.
As was particularly evident in one two-play sequence Wednesday — an interception followed by a long touchdown pass — the Bears’ rookie quarterback has had ups and downs in practice. Despite the obsession with his progress, it’s still June.
The Bears defensive end is coming off a career year in 2023. But without the tumult of the midseason trade, he’s expecting to take another step in 2024.
With expectations high for the Bears in 2024, it’s on Waldron to have the offense working efficiently almost from the start. “I think he’s a great teacher — just the way he installs, it’s clear and concise,” Kmet said.
Defensive end Montez Sweat, wide receiver Keenan Allen and cornerback Jaylon Johnson were among six starters who did not attend the Bears’ OTA practice Friday at Halas Hall. But Eberflus expects all of them back for veteran minicamp next week.
‘‘The Caleb Effect’’ is there — you can feel the energy his potential and personality have brought to the Bears — but it’s not a dominant theme at Halas Hall. The Bears acknowledge his time should be now, but they wisely aren’t overselling him.
The Bears star receiver had the best year of his NFL career with Justin Fields at quarterback, and even though he wanted Fields to stay, he quickly moved on and is eager to get acclimated with a talented rookie quarterback.