Chase Claypool and Kaseem Sinceno Optimistic Ahead of Chicago Bears’ 2023 Season

Chase Claypool and Kaseem Sinceno Optimistic Ahead of Chicago Bears’ 2023 Season

The Chicago Bears secured the number one overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft on the back of a disappointing 2022 season – Matt Eberflus’ first as the franchise’s head coach.

But after trading that first overall selection to the Carolina Panthers – in exchange for a series of draft picks and wide receiver D.J. Moore – and entering the 2023 free agency period with the most available salary cap space in the entire NFL, the Bears have transformed their team, and in turn, their chances for this upcoming season.

“D.J.’s an incredible player,” Chicago wide receiver Chase Claypool told Decyfr Sport at the Chicago Bears’ Mini Monsters Clinic in London last week, which are workout programs organised by the team for 7-12-year-olds featuring non-contact football drills.

“The seasons that he’s put on for the Panthers for the last four [or] five years have been amazing, so to have that on our team is super cool,” Claypool continued.

“Not only do I get to learn from him, he’s going to expand things offensively.”

Joining the Bears’ offense alongside Moore, who has racked up three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his five years in the NFL, are running back D’Onta Foreman and tight end Robert Tonyan.

“[There are] a lot more weapons,” former Bears tight end Kaseem Sinceno told Decyfr Sport when discussing the team’s new acquisitions.

“Justin [Fields] did a great job, he came on the scene last year and really made people understand what kind of athlete he is – but this year he has some real weapons to really dice the ball around a bit, and keep defenses on their toes.

“That’s what he needed. They zeroed in on him a lot last year, and obviously, an offense can’t run on one person when there are 11 people on the field.

“So what you’re going to see this year is a lot more excitement from our offense.”

Last year, Fields became just the third quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season and broke the regular season record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game – but the Bears finished the year with the least passing yards in the league.

These new Chicago Bears players will not only help Fields and the offense, but, according to Sinceno, will “keep the defense off the field a little bit [and] let them rest”.

This defense also features some new faces, as in free agency, the Bears signed linebackers Tremaine Edmunds to a four-year, $72 million deal, and T.J. Edwards to a three-year, $19.5 million contract.

“The additions that we have, like Tremaine and T.J. are really going to open things up for us as a team, and allow us to win more games, be more competitive – and take this thing really far,” Claypool said.

The Bears, who famously won Super Bowl XX following the 1985 season – boasting one of the NFL’s greatest-ever defenses – will be hoping their fans look to the new season with a sense of optimism and echo the thoughts of Claypool, who said: “The tide is turning very quickly here for the Bears.”

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