Former NFL quarterback and present analyst Chris Simms may be very acquainted with new Chicago Bears tight finish Cole Kmet. Simms, who seems on Professional Soccer Speak weekdays whereas additionally serving as an analyst through the season for NBC on Soccer Night time in America, has additionally been protecting Notre Dame soccer since 2017. He has spent the previous couple of seasons getting an up shut and private take a look at the brand new Bears’ tight finish, and Simms has sung Kmet’s praises plenty of instances.
After the Bears chosen Kmet with their first total choose within the second spherical of the draft this 12 months, Simms endorsed Kmet in an enormous approach, evaluating the teenager to future Corridor of Famer Rob Gronkowski.
My Man Cole Kmet is a brilliant star. He could be Gronkowski. Nonetheless Uncooked. Solely gonna get greater and stronger.
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) April 25, 2020
When Simms appeared on the Underneath Middle podcast this week, he instructed host J.J. Stankevitz he used the Gronk comparability to showcase Kmet’s potential.
“Yeah. I in contrast him to Rob Gronkowski. And Rob Gronkowski is the best tight finish of all-time. However I’m simply attempting to color an image for individuals on the market. Not saying this child is gonna be that, however he’s bought large time potential is what I’m saying,” Simms mentioned. He then defined how that large time potential can provide the Bears’ offense an instantaneous increase.
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Simms: Kmet is Higher Run-Blocker Than Travis Kelce
“He’s one of many extra spectacular gamers, on the whole, that I’ve seen on the sector,” Simms mentioned when Stankevitz requested him what the Bears have been getting in Kmet. “To have that measurement, 6’5 and a half, 260 kilos — and have the ability to transfer the way in which he strikes — there should not lots of people on planet Earth which might be that gifted or athletic,” Simms mentioned about Kmet.
Simms additionally included a laundry listing of laudable traits Kmet possesses. “Fluid route-runner. Fearless over the center with individuals round him. Actually good run-blocker within the run recreation — and he’s been taking part in baseball the previous couple of years within the spring, so he hasn’t even gone all in on soccer but. Nor do I believe he’s performed rising and filling out. I’ve met his mother and father, his dad’s an enormous man. I imply, Cole’s going to proceed to get greater.”
Simms additionally thinks Kmet will carry a bodily presence to the offense that hasn’t been there in recent times — particularly on the tight finish place. “Kmet might be a terrific benefit within the run recreation,” Simms mentioned, noting his measurement and perspective will carry a extra “smash mouth soccer” vibe to the Bears’ o-line. Simms additionally thinks that Kmet, like Gronk, can get behind linebackers with ease whereas splitting the safeties, changing into a lethal receiving menace, as nicely. Defenses may also need to account for him within the crimson zone.
“If it’s one-on-one and also you’re down within the crimson zone, Cole Kmet goes to be an amazing crimson zone goal. He’s a mis-match nightmare, and [the Bears] will have the ability to do numerous the identical issues Kansas Metropolis does with Travis Kelce or Gronkowski and what the Patriots did with him, besides he’s a greater blocker than Travis Kelce, so I’m very enthusiastic about Cole Kmet,” Simms mentioned.
Based mostly on the exercises Kmet has been partaking on this offseason shared by videographer Cameron Good on Instagram, Bears followers have a terrific deal to be enthusiastic about, too.
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