Expect Taylor Gabriel to be a role player in the Bears offense again in 2019. Used as both a deep-ball threat and a catch-and-go target, Gabriel set career-highs in receptions (67) and yards (688) but still only found the end zone twice. He also disappointed with a 10.3 average, seemingly negating the upside his speed suggests. Chicago added a bunch of receivers this offseason, all capable of taking opportunities away from Gabriel. His low-upside Fantasy potential makes him a no-go on Draft Day.
Garbiel caught four passes for 37 yards while adding a pair of rushing attempts for 20 yards in the Bears' 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles. Gabriel was targeted nine times and used mostly on short-to-intermediate passes to help move the chains in the Bears' playoff loss. Gabriel ended the season -- his first with the Bears -- with 67 catches for 688 yards and two scores, but he didn't find the end zone after Week 4 and only had two strong fantasy performances all year. He'll enter the second of a four-year contract as a low-upside fantasy option who has yet to post 700 receiving yards in any of his five NFL seasons.
Gabriel (ribs) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. This confirms Gabriel escaped with a minor injury during Sunday's 24-10 win over Minnesota. With Allen Robinson (ribs) and Anthony Miller (shoulder) also managing full participation at practice, Mitchell Trubisky heads into the playoffs with his full complement of weapons. The first test comes this weekend in a wild-card matchup with a shaky Philadelphia pass defense.
Gabriel injured his ribs during Sunday's 24-10 win in Minnesota, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Gabriel's injury initially was termed a shoulder concern, but further evaluation helped the Bears hone in on the area at issue. Coach Matt Nagy said Gabriel and Anthony Miller (shoulder) will continue to be examined but believes neither injury is serious. The duo joins Allen Robinson (ribs) as banged-up Bears receivers heading into preparation for a wild-card matchup with the Eagles.
Gabriel may have more play-making opportunities available Sunday against the Vikings with Allen Robinson (ribs) inactive for the contest, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has typically spread the wealth around among the Bears' pass catchers this season, but Mayer posits that Robinson's absence coupled with the artificial turf in Minnesota will prove most beneficial to Gabriel, the speediest member of the team's wideout corps. Gabriel didn't need the aid of turf to make things difficult for Minnesota back in Week 11 at Soldier Field, where he turned nine targets into seven receptions for 52 yards and took two carries for 17 yards.
Gabriel caught three passes for 28 yards while adding one rushing attempt for eight yards in the Bears' 14-9 victory over the 49ers. Amazingly, Gabriel's three targets and 28 yards were third on the team, but that had to do with an ultra-conservative game plan the Bears used to control the clock. Over the last four games, he hasn't posted 35 receiving yards, and he'll be tough to use in fantasy lineups in Week 17 against a tough Minnesota defense.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/06||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|7||10/20||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|8||10/27||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|11||11/18||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|12||11/24||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|15||12/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|16||12/23||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||64||45||548||3||23||12.18||77|