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While the Bears offense has been very good as a whole, Earl Bennett hasn't come anywhere near his capabilities.
It wouldn't be accurate to say the Bears need Bennett to be a good offense or win games. They're already scoring nearly 29 points per game, and their losses haven't directly been his fault. He just hasn't been a very good player for the Bears this year. If he plays up to his capabilities, the Bears offense could be unstoppable.
While oftentimes great, Chicago's offense has been inconsistent. When they struggle, there are typically two reasons. One is offensive line play—which I'll get to later—the other is because their playmakers have been bottled up.
While it's been rare, teams have managed to take away Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte for periods of time. When that happens, they need Earl Bennett to step up, and he hasn't.
The perception is that it's a lack of opportunity, but good players create their own opportunities, especially when they see as many favorable matchups as Bennett does. Atlanta's Harry Douglas has caught nearly 40 passes each of the last two years despite playing with two standout receivers, one of the best receiving tight ends in the history of the game and running backs who have caught over 50 passes. Bennett, however, is currently on pace for 23 catches.
Bennett ranks terribly in yards per route run on Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He is dead last amongst receivers who have run 200 or more routes, 104th of the 105 receivers with 20 or more targets and 157th overall. It wouldn't be a stretch to say he has been the worst receiver who plays regularly in the entire league.
He's capable of being much better. He showed as much in the past and has looked to be a quality second option at times. The Bears don't necessarily need him to be better, but if he can start getting open and making plays regularly, their offense will be among the most feared in the entire league.