General manager Ryan Pace should feel good about his homecoming this weekend in New Orleans.

After 14 years, he left the Saints for the Bears in 2015, and his rebuilding efforts in three offseasons finally are bearing fruit.

Simply put, there’s hope because building blocks have emerged. With a victory against the Saints, Pace’s squad would be a .500 team before its bye week.

With the Bears playing the Saints for the first time since his departure, here’s an overview of what Pace has built:

1. Hope at QB

Pace’s move to trade up for quarterback Mitch Trubisky didn’t surprise the Saints. They know Pace acts with bold conviction.

The Saints liked Trubisky, too. It’s no secret around the NFL that they’ve been eyeing an heir apparent to Drew Brees to groom.