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Pre-Training Camp Positional Review: Tight End

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Ever since the exit of Greg Olsen the Chicago Bears have struggled to find a solid tight end. With the 2013 signing of Martellus Bennett the bears solidified the tight end position once again. Last year Bennett had 65 receptions for 759 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has come up big every time the bears need him in crunch time. He had the game winning catch against the vikings in week two and caught 67% of the passes thrown to him. Being a good pass catcher does not mean you are a good run blocker. In Bennett's case it does, he thrives in run blocking. He has the ability to block defensive ends one on one and the ability to seal off linebackers at the second level. Bennett does a great job of opening up the edges in the running game. Coming into camp the starting tight end position is Bennett's and there is no real competition for him in camp either. This is a major problem for the bears coming into camp. The backup tight end position is open for the taking. The battle will be between Dante Rosario and Zach Miller. Rosario has bounced around the league playing for six teams including the Chicago Bears. In college he played halfback, full back and tight end. The versatility he brings to the table would be beneficial to the bears in short yardage and goal line situations. In double tight end sets Rosario would complement Bennett. Rosario can go over the middle to make the tough catches while Bennett will have the ability to attack the seam. Zach Miller was a sixth round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is a raw talent that has speed to burn. The only problem with him is that his game is unrefined. He struggles in the run game due to his lack of weight and his routes are not as crisp as they should be. As it stands now Bennett is the starter with Rosario the leader for the backup tight end/ h-back position. This coming training camp is a huge opportunity for Miller to take the backup spot from Rosario.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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