Bears Tight Ends Lost in the Shuffle?

Remember when the Bears parted ways with Mike Martz and the tight ends were going to matter again?

About that…

Through three preseason games, Kellen Davis has one catch for five yards and Matt Spaeth has not caught a pass. Look out Patriots, we have a new tight end combo in town!

Davis has the size and speed to be a real threat in the passing game. The former Michigan State Spartan checks in at 6’7″, 260 lbs and ran a 4.6/40 in the combine prior to the 2008 NFL draft. On paper Davis should be a matchup nightmare, but coming into his fifth season, he has caught a total of 28 passes.

It was supposedly Martz holding him back, however. Tight ends were there to block for one of his 748 seven-step drop play calls, not to catch passes.

Unless the Bears are playing things close to the vest, the tight end position is again an afterthought, but this time because of all of the weapons at wide out. With the foursome of Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett and rookie Alshon Jeffery, Davis is last in the pecking order. He and Spaeth have combined to see four targets in the preseason.

Davis showed signs that he could become a bigger part of this offense last season. Despite only grabbing 18 catches, five of them went for touchdowns. He looked like he could be a red zone monster, but with the additions of Jeffery and Marshall, it’s easy to wonder how many looks he will actually get.

Now, it is just the preseason and Davis has barely played four quarters combined in three preseason games, but it seems like the position is getting overlooked. In passing coordinator Jeremy Bates’ one season as offensive play caller in 2008 for the Broncos, Marshall and Eddie Royal combined for 195 catches. The tight end, Tony Scheffler got his hands on 40 passes that season.

Forty catches would be on the low end of where Davis said he wanted to be as training camp started. He told reporters he wanted to catch between 40-60 catches this season. He has the ability to do just that, but with all the weapons overshadowing him, the question will be, are there footballs to go around?

Final Roster Cuts Looming

The deadline for NFL teams to trim down to 53 players is tomorrow.

Rashied Davis was a casualty yesterday as the Bears decided to let him go, despite his ability to be a four phase special teamer. That would appear to pave the way for the great Dane Sanzenbacher to make the roster.

Injured Dom DeCicco was also let go. He is expected to receive an injury settlement.

One battle still left undecided is Armando Allen and Lorenzo Booker. After the surprising cut of Kahlil Bell before the preseason game with the Giants last week, one of these two is going to be the third back. Their stats have been very similar so far except Booker had the 102-yard kick return vs Washington. With Hester and Weems, however, his services will not be required in the return game. They have one more opportunity to make their case in Cleveland tonight.

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