Now we all know what happens during pre-season, players go out for an organization and try to earn a roster spot.
Pretty soon NFL rosters will need to get down to 53 players, the league maximum for the regular season. With the Chicago Bears, one spot they are looking closely at is the tight end position. They really haven’t had a consistent tight end since trading Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers a few seasons ago.
Since Olsen’s departure, the tight end position has been somewhat of a nightmare. Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth took over for Olsen when he left, leaving Davis as the No. 1 tight end. Yeah the guy was freakishly tall and looked like he was a powerful guy, but he had a habit of losing his blocking assignments and dropping balls that were thrown his direction.
He had his moments where he would make a spectacular catch, but would somehow blow a play. Anyways, he’s now in Cleveland so he isn’t Chicago’s problem anymore. Right now Martellus Bennett is the No. 1 tight end for this offense and all he needs is guys behind him who can help carry the workload.
Right now Fendi Onobun, a three year veteran, is fighting for a roster spot. According to Brad Briggs of the Chicago Tribute, Onobun’s roster chances are “dwindling”. He was a stand out during minicamp and OTA’s but his production went down hill as soon as the pads come on.
This team is looking for a tight end who can not only block well, but can bring in passes when needed. He was targeted five times during last night’s game against the Oakland Raiders but had zero catches.
Not a good thing if you are looking to make a professional football team as a tight end. You need to be able to fulfill both blocking and receiving duties or you will be out of a job.