It's only in the past month that wide receiver Tre McBride has been able to work consistently with quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and it may be starting to pay off.
Before Sunday's game in New Orleans, McBride had just 1 reception this year which went for 18 yards, giving him a total of 3 career catches for 26 yards in this, his third year. That includes his first two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, when he spent most of the time on the practice squad.
But the 6-foot, 210-pound McBride led all Bears receivers against the Saints with 3 catches for 92 yards. McBride didn't join the Bears until Sept. 3 after he was waived by the Titans on final cut-down day. Three weeks later he was cut by the Bears but quickly re-signed to the practice squad and a week later promoted to the 53-man roster.
"I didn't have the luxury of being here for the preseason and build that rapport with Mitch," McBride said. "he first two weeks I was here I was inactive, and then the third I was cut. The next four weeks after that is really when I had to build that rapport."
McBride's career-best 45-yard catch set up a field against the Saints as did his 22-yard grab.
"You start to get comfortable, you start to be able to run your routes a little more fluidly," McBride said. "You're not so robotic, thinking before the ball is snapped about everything that has to happen in this play for it to work.
"You just do it subconsciously, muscle memory. That's the goal to get to that point where there's no more thinking, no more questions, it's just throw and catch, first down, touchdown, things like that."
So there's a chance:
NFL teams are allowed to bring back two players from injured reserve this year, and wide receiver Kevin White is a possibility for the Bears.
White suffered a fractured scapula in Week 1, and because of injuries has played in just five games since he was a first-round (seventh overall) draft pick in 2015.
"He's back in the building," Bears coach John Fox said of White. "He's been in meetings, he's spent time with the players. Those things are important. Even just watching -- I think you can learn from other people's mistakes. You get a better understanding. We haven't really discussed seriously at this point about if he can come back, or when, but he's eligible."
Taking it away: The Bears have already recovered 7 fumbles this season, more than double last year's total of 3.
"I think it's just that depth and that experience," coach John Fox said. "Guys play faster when they know what they're doing."
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