Chester Taylor Signs with Bears — Move Him Down Your Rankings

Mar 5, 2010

At least when he was backing up Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor was a pretty valuable commodity. You knew that the pieces were in place, name an impressive offensive line, for big time numbers if AP went down. He also brought something (pass receiving ability) to the table that wasn’t a strength for All Day. 

After signing with the Bears, he finds himself in an offense where neither of those will be in play. First of all, Chicago’s line went downhill fast. Not only do the struggle to protect the quarterback, but they have trouble opening holes. The tried to put a band-aid on it with Orlando Pace, but that failed miserably. Plus, they are short of draft picks to add one in the draft. The odds of their line improving this year are slim.

Matt Forte has 120 catches in two years meaning Chester’s receptions (45 & 44 the past two years) will likely come down. He could be hard-pressed to reach the 762.5 total yards he’s averaged as Peterson’s backup.

To me signing with Chicago makes little sense. If I were Chester Houston or Philly would have been more ideal destinations. Not only would he have the opportunity for more touches, but he’d be on a contender.  

Taylor is still worth having at the end of your draft, but he doesn’t have the upside he once did.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. David Funk
    March 5th, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    The Bears did improve on the OL at the end of the season, but it is still their biggest concern on the offensive side of the ball.

    With pressure coming down on the front office to put another winner out there for Lovie, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them trade for OL help. Now that they have Manumaleuna signed as a tight end, they could possibly move Desmond Clark or Greg Olsen to bolster the line since Martz’ offense doesn’t feature the position that much anyway. Since Clark and Manumaleuna are better blockers, Olsen may get traded. I don’t see them keeping all three.

    They need an RT in the worst way now more than anything on that line. Also, FS is a need as well.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 7th, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    Thanks for adding your perspective. I know Martz isn’t a TE guy, but he’s never had one like Olsen. Vernon Davis was great last year, but wasn’t ready when Martz was there.

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