Chicago Bears: Full Position Breakdown and Depth-Chart Analysis at Tight End
How do you feel about the Bears' tight end situation? Are you comfortable with the options behind Martellus Bennett? Maybe you aren't even sure about who those options are.
Look past Bennett and you will find a handful of not-so-flattering players. No knock on them, but the Bears don't feature much depth at tight end. We take a look at all four players and put them in order of the current depth chart.
Here's the full breakdown of tight end for the Bears.
Martellus Bennett's first campaign in Chicago last year was a successful one. He managed to set career highs in receptions and receiving yards for the second straight season.
Bennett will likely look to get more touches in the red zone this year. Teams will be gearing up to shut down Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall on the outside, leaving Bennett to see single coverage.
For the past two seasons, Bennett has not been able to move past five touchdowns in a year. He will likely eclipse that mark this season as long as he stays healthy.
Durability and consistency are what you are going to get out of Bennett. He may not be one of the league's elite tight ends, but he's a very good one who is getting better each season.
Dante Rosario has 100 career receptions but only one of them was in a Bears uniform. He appeared in 15 games last season but served mostly as a blocking tight end.
It remains to be seen whether Rosario will have a bigger role in the offense this year, but we certainly know the Bears are comfortable with him. He's a veteran who knows the little nuisances of the position and can be relied upon to block at key moments.
Fear sets in when you realize that Rosario becomes the starter if Martellus Bennett goes down. He's far removed from his 2010 season, when he registered 32 catches.
There are two Zach Millers who play tight end in the NFL. One has over 300 career receptions and the other guy is on the Bears.
Miller spent his first three seasons in Jacksonville. He did have 21 receptions in his rookie year and 20 in his sophomore campaign. He has the ability to be a hybrid tight end/fullback if needed and has the soft hands needed to haul in a pass out the backfield.
The backup tight end role is up for grabs. Dante Rosario has it now, but Miller can overtake him with ease. However, Miller first needs to prove that he can block consistently if he wants to see playing time opposite Martellus Bennett on two tight end sets.
If Mulligan wants to make this team then it will likely have to come on special teams. He has a good combination of speed and size and could be a factor on kickoffs both receiving and in coverage.
Mulligan will show you he has some skills catching the football. He's been used in the past as a slot receiver but only has 16 career receptions.
Training camp and preseason will be huge for Mulligan. He's fighting for a roster spot and needs to show the coaching staff that he can do a variety of different things on the field.