In the fifth installment of the six-part series entitled: Upsets, Underdogs and Dark Horses, I am going to discuss Daniel Brown’s chances of carving out a niche on offense and giving the Bears the opportunity to move on from the oft-injured Zach Miller.
Zach Miller’s injury history is well-known by Bears fans and there is no reason to rehash that here. But it was a little surprising to see only 25 games played and 22 starts in four seasons with the Bears. With Miller turning 33 in October, the Bears need to find a replacement for his skill-set, even if he does remain on the roster.
Enter Daniel Brown. Based on what we witnessed from the last six games of the season, three of which being starts, it certainly appears that Brown has the ability to fill that role. As a converted wide receiver, Brown has the speed and athleticism to lineup all over the formation and provide match-up problems for opposing defenses. This is exactly how the Bears have used Miller over the past two seasons and the role that Brown filled after Miller went down, yet again, in 2016.
Since he spent most of his career (including his first season in Baltimore) at wide receiver, Brown needs to do some work as a blocker. But I think that the Bears can put him in situations to succeed. I envision Brown lining up mainly as a fullback, h-back or slot receiver. This would mean that he would be matched up with smaller linebackers and defensive backs. He…
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