Is Cole Kmet good? That’s a simple question, and it would’ve been nice for the Bears to have an answer to it by now.
But, like other talented young players on the team, any assessment of his progress has been clouded by the Bears’ various maladies. Kmet spent his first season playing with Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles as his quarterbacks and listening to coach Matt Nagy spend the first half of it talking about Kmet should get more snaps but not actually giving them to him.
Kmet is certainly playing more in his second season, but many of the issues contaminating the offense at large have continued.
While Justin Fields might one day become a star, he certainly isn’t there yet and has had plenty of rookie travails. Nagy’s system isn’t working, regardless of whether it’s him or offensive coordinator Bill Lazor calling the plays. And the offensive line has struggled enough that the Bears are frequently asking tight ends to help in protection.
When those factors are weighed, Kmet’s 53 catches for 539 yards look decent. But the Bears drafted him as the top tight end in his class, No. 43 overall, hoping he’d be the solution to their persistent problems at the position.