The Chicago Bears made a couple roster moves today at the tight end position. First, they were awarded J.P. Holtz via waivers after the Washington Redskins released him yesterday. To make room for Holtz on the 53-man roster they released defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson.
Their other move at tight end was releasing undrafted free agent Dax Raymond from injured reserve with an injury settlement.
The 26-year old Holtz played in Washington’s first game after being activated from their practice squad when tight end Jordan Reed failed to clear the concussion protocol. He didn’t play on offense, but he played in 14 special teams snaps in their 32-27 loss to the Eagles. That was the first action of his NFL career after being a UDFA out of Pittsburgh in 2016. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns and he spent time on their practice squad in 2016 and 2017. He spent time on Washington’s practice squad in 2018 and 2019 as well.
Holtz’s addition could mean the Bears are looking for some more punch in the blocking department because at 6’3”, 255 he’s more in the H-Back mold rather than the U (move) tight end mold.
The Bears also play the Redskins week three, so he may give a small bit of intel to the Chicago coaches.