Caleb Williams Sent Confident Message to New Bears Punter During NFL Draft

The Bears quarterback already has big plans for his new offense.
Chicago Bears rookie Caleb Williams speaks with the media at a press conference.
Chicago Bears rookie Caleb Williams speaks with the media at a press conference. / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
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Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams is already pretty confident in his new offense.

Shortly after the Bears selected former Iowa Hawkeyes punter Tory Taylor, Williams sent the special-teams star a text message.

"Hey, you're not going to punt too much here," Williams wrote.

If that's the case in Chicago, it will be a much different experience for Taylor, who averaged 48.2 yards per punt while leading the nation in punt attempts (93) and total punt yards (4,479) last season. Taylor was often jokingly referred to as Iowa's greatest weapon, as its offense produced the fewest yards per game (235.4) in college football in 2023.

The Bears used a fourth-round pick (No. 122) on Taylor, which goes down as the highest draft pick used on a punter since the San Francisco 49ers selected Mitch Wishnowsky at No. 110 in 2019.

The Bears' offense now boasts Williams under center along with newly acquired veteran receiver Keenan Allen and University of Washington wideout Rome Odunze, the No. 9 pick in the 2024 NFL draft.

Taylor might not have to punt much in Chicago after all.


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