How does the Chicago Bears depth chart shake out?
I expect Jimmy Graham to be the starting ‘U’ tight end and Demetrius Harris to be the starting ‘Y’ tight end to start the season. Cole Kmet will be sprinkled in as it normally takes rookie tight ends a bit to develop into full-time starters.
To round out the tight end room, I see J.P. Holtz making the team with his ability to block as a full back and his ability to play tight end as well. His versatility supersedes anybody competing against him.
The practice squad realistically only has room for one tight end. I could see that being either Darion Clark or Jesper Horsted. It honestly all depends on how the Bears view Horsted, but I could see Clark being a mismatch issue in the future if he gets back onto the football field at a high level.
The Bears tight end room is a massive upgrade from the 2019 and even the 2018 season. Graham may be old, but even in his worst year, he was still an elite yards-after-catch tight end. Graham is an upgrade from Burton and the combo of Harris and Kmet is an upgrade over the combo of Shaheen and Braunecker. The team is in a good position to finally see Nagy’s offense reach its full potential.