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2012 Season Outlook:
Evan Rodriguez, a fourth-round pick out of Temple, will be used in many different packages for the Bears offense this season. His versatility is one of his biggest strengths, and the team will find a way to best utilize his athleticism for 2012.
Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth will start ahead of him at the tight end position, but neither has shown impressive receiving skills to this point.
Davis is more of a red-zone target, catching just 18 passes last year, but five of them were for touchdowns. Tight ends will play a bigger role in Mike Tice's system this season, resulting in more two-tight end sets and more involvement in the offense.
Davis will benefit the most from the added relevance to tight ends in the passing game, but Rodriguez has the ability to stretch the field with his quickness.
He will play a bigger role as a blocker than as a receiver when the season starts, but he has a shot to bypass Spaeth on the depth chart and get solid playing time as the year goes on.
Prediction: 24 catches, 269 yards, 2 TDs