3. Ben Braunecker
The Bears tight end situation is still very much in the air. One thing that is clear is that Dion Sims and Adam Shaheen will be making the roster. There is likely one and potentially two more roster spots to be won here.
The first candidate and likely winner is Zach Miller. However, at the same time, he is coming off of season-ending surgery and has a history of being injured. He is also 32 years old and will be a free agent next season. It makes him a sneaky candidate to be cut this summer.
Daniel Brown is another candidate to win a job, but he is essentially a wide
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receiver and not a tight end. Braunecker could beat him out as a blocker, and the ability to play outside and inline in the NFL.
Braunecker caught four passes for 41 yards in his limited experience last season. Still, it is nice to see the Bears are still interested in his progression after seeing him on the practice squad for a full season and the team may want his next step forward to be a special teamer and end of the roster player. This would give them the incentive to keep him over Miller and Brown, and if Shaheen progresses well, a young trio of Sims, Shaheen, and Braunecker could emerge next year.