3 reasons to be optimistic about Cole Kmet

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2. Overall fit in the offense

When the Chicago Bears went out and signed Trey Burton to a surprising deal, they thought that they found a perfect piece to their offense. The Bears thought that Adam Shaheen was coming into his own and that Burton was the perfect compliment. They could run two tight end sets, use motion to open up the offense, but also have run elements established.

Shaheen never developed, too much was put on Burton, and injuries derailed his time in Chicago. All of a sudden, a plan to center an offense around versatile tight ends was scrapped.

Now, the Bears are replacing Trey Burton with Jimmy Graham. Graham is older but is more proven. The 2020 salaries are identical as well. Instead of their second-round pick Adam Shaheen, they now have second-round pick Cole Kmet to compliment the free-agent addition.

The Bears are getting a do-over in what they imagined their offense could be.

Kmet is a great “Y” tight end to complement Graham, who will play the “U.” Graham will motion more, play the slot, catch dump-offs, and be relied on after the catch.  Kmet will line up in-line and block. He will go over the middle and stretch the field and be relied on in the red zone. The plan is to use the two together and show an offense that they have not been able to do yet.