When the Chicago Bears acquired wide receiver Chase Claypool during last year’s trade deadline, it was a whirlwind for both parties. Claypool had fallen out of favor with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who wound up trading him to the Bears for a second-round pick, and had to get on the fast track to learning a new offense. For the Bears, they needed to find ways to work Claypool into the offense which proved difficult for a variety of reasons. But now with an offseason to reset and get fully integrated, things are looking up for the talented receiver.
The Bears held their second day of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) and Claypool was present and accounted for as he looks to build chemistry with quarterback Justin Fields and the offense. It appears he’s well on his way based on the comments coming out of Halas Hall.
Fields and head coach Matt Eberflus spoke with the media on Tuesday and each praised Claypool for how well he’s fitting in the offense at this juncture of the offseason. First, Eberflus was asked by NBC Sports Chicago’s Josh Schrock if he sees any change in Claypool’s comfort level with the team. “I do, this is the second time going around,” Eberflus explained. “He knows the formations, the motions, and the route disciplines, he’s learning that as we go. You can certainly see him getting more comfortable with Justin too.”
Coincidentally, Fields showed how comfortable he’s getting with Claypool when he spoke with the media. He brought his teammate up unprompted during a question from ESPN’s Courtney Cronin about his focus at OTAs that turned into a genuine show of praise for Claypool. “Chase has improved tremendously, just from the end of last year to now,” Fields said. “That’s one thing I’m truly proud to say, just seeing his work ethic, his attitude change, you can just see he’s taken another step. Definitely excited for that.”
Fields mentioned Claypool’s change in attitude, something that could have expedited…