July 15, 2024

Bears TE ‘can see the progress’ No. 1 pick Caleb Williams has made

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Bears and No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams, and rightfully so.

The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner is joining a stacked offense after passing for 8,170 yards, 72 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions the past two years at USC.

However, Williams reportedly had a rocky start to his NFL career during OTAs last month. So much so that two-time Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard gave the rookie some advice following a “frustrating” day.

“I said something to him at the end of practice like, ‘Keep it going. We’re going to keep making you better,'” Byard said via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. “And not necessarily saying he had a terrible day, but days like this are going to make you better.”

Luckily for Chicago, that’s exactly what fifth-year tight end Cole Kmet, among others, has seen since.

“You can see why he’s been so successful thus far in his football career and why he has those types of intangibles to succeed in the NFL,” Kmet said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I’m really excited for him. He’s been putting in a lot of work and you can see the progress he was making throughout the OTA period.”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise when rookies have some early struggles, no matter where they were drafted, but Williams is being held to a different standard.

NFL.com’s Eric Edholm thinks fans should change that and hinder their expectations for him in year one.

“I’m not exactly sure where I’d rate the expectations for Caleb Williams in Year 1, but they feel high to me,” Edholm writes. “Bears fans might want and expect immediate fireworks, but I’m here to say that the show might start a bit slowly.”

This isn’t to say Williams will go on to have a bad career, but he may have some ups and downs that come with getting acclimated to the NFL.

The Bears will ride with Williams no matter what, so fans should find some comfort in the fact that he has already made strides. They hope he will continue trending in the right direction as the year progresses.