10 Most Important Bears of 2017: #5 Cameron Meredith is ready to be Chicago’s #1 – Chicago Bears News

10 Most Important Bears of 2017: #5 Cameron Meredith is ready to be Chicago’s #1 – Chicago Bears News

Cameron Meredith quickly became one of my favorite Chicago Bears to watch last year. His week to week improvement was fun to track, and by year’s end, he was playing like a number one wide receiver. I’m not saying he’s about to step into Julio Jones territory, I’m just saying he was putting up WR1 numbers down the stretch last year.

I won’t get too far into the stats, because anything I write up will pale in comparison to Patti’s Number Plunge on Meredith, but did you realize that in the last five games of the 2016 season, Meredith had 31 receptions, and 439 receiving yards? That averages out to 6 and 88 per game, with a 16 game extrapolation to 99 catches for 1,405 yards.

Meredith still has room to grow as a professional, but he’s come so far in such a relatively short time playing the position, that the sky truly is the limit.

Pro Football Focus looked at his yards gained per route run in comparison to second year wide outs, and he was in some good company.

And herer’s what they have on his success per route.

Dan Durkin of The Athletic, said that Meredith “is an impressive young prospect,” and that he is “versatile, smooth, elusive and savvy.” He recently tweeted out some interesting nuggets about Meredith that I’ll share here. Check out how productive he was working out of the slot in 2016.

You may be wondering why Meredith, who started 10 of the 14 games he played in last year, and at 6’3”, spent so much time working from the slot. That’s because the NFL is a match-up league, and the Bears wanted to get their best wide out in favorable match-ups.

Even if he begins the…

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