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Halas Intrigue Bears Report
The offseason moves keep coming for the Bears as general manager Ryan Poles continues to remake the team. Read the latest coverage and analysis below.

1. Fields vs. Mahomes
Byron Pringle has spent his NFL career living a receiver’s dream: For four seasons with the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes was his quarterback.
Pringle’s new quarterback — Bears second-year man Justin Fields — isn’t Mahomes. No one is. But the Bears’ newest receiver thinks Fields will enable him to get open.
‘‘I see [Fields] as an elite quarterback,’’ Pringle said shortly after the Bears officially signed him. ‘‘He keeps his legs alive, and he definitely knows how to extend plays. And that is something that I did in Kansas City. When the play broke down, I always tried to get in the quarterback’s vision.
‘‘So with [Fields] being able to keep plays and drives alive, I know I fit perfectly in this offense, especially with a quarterback like Justin Fields.’’
Bears WR Byron Pringle: ‘Justin Fields comes to play’
2. Bears colors, Packers attitude
The Packers’ offensive line already was in full makeshift mode against the Bears in Week 6 at Soldier Field last season — with rookies Josh Myers and Royce Newman starting at center and right guard, left guard Jon Runyan making his fifth NFL start and converted guard Billy Turner playing for injured All-Pro right tackle David Bakhtiari. 
Four plays into the game, Myers injured his knee and would not return. His replacement was Lucas Patrick, a former undrafted free agent whose limited NFL experience at center included zero starts. It looked like a break for the Bears. 
As it turned out, Patrick not only held his own in the impromptu assignment, but he was the Packers’ highest-graded lineman as they rushed for 154 yards and five yards per carry in a 24-14 victory in the infamous “I own you” game. 
How much of that kind of performance is a testament to the excellence of the Packers’ coaching staff, the magic of Aaron Rodgers or the ability of Patrick as an underrated, developing player is hard to discern. Every lineman the Packers plug in through injuries and defections seems to excel. And Rodgers, as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, seems to magnify their effectiveness.
Patrick himself will help provide a more definitive answer in 2022 after signing a two-year, $8 million contract ($4 million guaranteed) with the Bears in free agency. Though he has more experience at guard, he said he is slated to play center.
He was 11-1 against the Bears in his six seasons with the Packers. Patrick’s first NFL start, in fact, was against the Bears in 2017, when an even more makeshift Packers line helped lead the way to a 35-14 victory. 
“I’ve been on the winning side. I’m going to stay on the winning side. We’re going to start winning these games,” Patrick said. “I firmly believe to win a Bears-Packers game, you’ve got to be physical. You’ve got to be tough, and that’s what we’re going to do here. 
Center Lucas Patrick brings grit — and a winning attitude — to Bears’ offense
3. Dream come true?
As he plowed through his frustration with the Bears’ sputtering offense the last four seasons, wide receiver Allen Robinson saw more potent attacks throughout the NFL and took note.
He didn’t study opposing offenses, but he’d see them on film when he was scouting defenses and daydream a little.
One of those offenses that caught his attention belonged to the Rams, and as soon as Robinson had the chance to the leave the Bears, he signed a three-year, $46.5 million deal with $30.7 million guaranteed.
“You see a lot of what other teams run,” Robinson said when the Rams introduced him this week. “So being able to see that from a schematic standpoint, being able to have that knowledge as I’m breaking down film throughout the course of the season, that definitely was something that played a part in me going back to that and seeing and remembering the concepts that guys were running.”
The defending champion Rams outpaced the Bears in every aspect offensively last season. They were eighth in scoring, fifth in passing yards per game and seventh in passer rating with Matt Stafford at quarterback.
The Bears, meanwhile, were 27th, 30th and 29th in those categories, respectively.
Ex-Bears WR Allen Robinson pined to play in Rams’ offense while watching from afar
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