Bears star receiver D.J. Moore sees ‘natural leadership’ in rookie QB Caleb Williams

Veteran receiver ready to ride or die with talented young quarterback.
Chicago Bears Rookie Minicamp - Caleb Williams
Chicago Bears Rookie Minicamp - Caleb Williams / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

Whether it was Justin Fields or currently with Caleb Williams, Chicago Bears veteran wide receiver D.J. Moore has been the definition of a player a young signal caller needs to be successful.

The talent is obvious when it comes to Moore, but what really stands out and what will benefit Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, is the support Moore has for his quarterback.  He stood behind Fields when he was the Bears man under center and he’s now publicly standing behind Bears decision to trade their 2021 NFL Draft first-round pick for a player poised and hyped to be even better.

D.J. Moore ready to run through a wall for Caleb Williams

Speaking to the media this past week, Moore talked the business of moving on from Fields and what he’s willing to do now with a talent like Williams under center.

"Business is business. I seen it coming," Moore said of the Bears moving Fields. "So, at the end of the day, he was the quarterback last year, now we got Caleb. We're gonna ride through H-E-L-L and back with him, so I'm just looking forward to seeing what he put out."

Moore wasn’t the only veteran singing the praises of Fields prior to the trade, so that showmanship of support for Caleb Williams will go a long way in the success of the rookie in his first season in the NFL.

Unlike Fields, Williams has a supporting cast where he doesn’t have to be a savior right away.  With Moore, Keenan Allen, fellow first-round pick Rome Odunze, running back D’Andre Swift and the tight end duo of Gerald Everett and Cole Kmet, the Bears offense under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron should be poppin’.

Again, the talent will be there and surrounding Williams.  So, what does Moore see in Williams that has him above excited about what’s in the future for the Bears?  Besides the natural arm talent, it’s the leadership he has already shown so far in voluntary OTAs.

"You can see that the natural leadership is there, the natural arm talent is there," Moore said. "Everything about him, it's just always a positive thing. Even when he has a bad play, he's looking to learn real fast right after. That's all you can ask of him, for him to quickly forget but also learn at the same time."

There will be growing pains and mistakes, but Moore noted the playmakers must form a connection with Williams for everything to come together.  They don’t have to lean on him as the savior of the franchise but form that cohesion that will make him more a piece of the solution towards success.  Learn together, grow together and create a chemistry that will propel the Bears towards an exciting 2024 NFL season.