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Chalk Talk: What will Miller’s role be this year?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

How big of a role do you think receiver Anthony Miller will play this season on offense?

Phil K.

Akron, Ohio

It appears that Anthony Miller will play a pretty significant role as a rookie this season. I certainly expect him to be among the top three receivers on the depth chart along with Allen Robinson II and Taylor Gabriel. Miller has impressed me throughout the summer with his consistency, something you rarely see from a player in his first NFL season. He's confident in his ability and is a very talented receiver who is only going to get better as he gains more experience and a better grasp of the offense. To me, he's a 5-11 rookie who plays like a 6-2 veteran.

Do you think it was a good sign or a bad sign for Kevin White's future with the Bears that he played deep into the second half against the Broncos?

Roger A.

Oak Park, Illinois

It was definitely a good sign. Given that Kevin White has played in only five of a possible 48 games in three seasons, he needs to get as many reps as possible in the preseason not only to help him grow but for the Bears to evaluate him. Said coach Matt Nagy: "We felt like it was a good game for him to really get his juices going and to see what he can do out there for a longer period of time. We'll continue to do that. We have to see what he can do. [With] limited games for him on tape right now, we've got to know, 'Can this guy help out when it matters most?'"

It seems that outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has been injured pretty much since the start of the offseason program. Is he closer to returning to the field?

Richard G.

Marion, Indiana

Ankle and hamstring injuries have kept Aaron Lynch sidelined a majority of the time since the beginning of the offseason program in April. But it does appear that he's getting closer to returning to action. Here's what coach Matt Nagy said about Lynch Monday: "We know it's been some time here. We want to get him up and running. He's getting closer and closer by the day, so we do feel really good about where he's at. He is getting better. He was out there the other day doing some running. We just want to continue to stay aggressive with him so we can get him ready."

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