Cole Kmet has begun to establish himself as a legitimate weapon in the passing game for the Chicago Bears. He proved that with five touchdowns in his last three games. People wondered if he could continue that success against the Atlanta Falcons. It didn’t take long to answer that question. Early in the 2nd quarter, Justin Fields fired a missile up the seam in his direction. The pass was a bit high, but Kmet somehow went up and got it with one hand while taking quite a big hit from the Falcons defence. It was easily one of the best catches by any tight end this year.
In the end the play helped get a field goal for the Bears to take a 10-7 lead. Average tight ends don’t make plays like that. While no one is saying that Kmet is the next George Kittle or Travis Kelce, it is becoming clear that he is developing into a quality starter in this offense. That’s great news for the Bears as they look ahead to next off-season. If tight end isn’t a pressing need, it will allow GM Ryan Poles to focus elsewhere, like the offensive line. One can only imagine what Ryan Pace, who now works for the Falcons, was thinking when he saw that play.
Luke Getsy deserves credit for elevating Cole Kmet.
The Bears offensive coordinator has been on a bye since the season started months ago. He insisted to anyone who would listen that Kmet was a much better player than he was given credit for. As the season began, there were signs that he was improving as a blocker. However, it wasn’t until last month that he started to flash as a receiver. To see also : TC Elite Cheer Team wins national title. Fields looked his way more often. What stood out the most were Kmet’s hands. After two years of battling drops, he hasn’t had one yet in 2022.
This change is important. Cole Kmet will enter the final season of his rookie deal in 2023. If he can finish this season at his current pace, the Bears may look to lock him up with an extension next spring. It would be a great story for a hometown kid who wanted nothing more than to become a good player in Chicago. The future looks bright for the Bears offense.