Podcast: Previewing the Chicago Bears tight end position

Chicago Bears - Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Bears - Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports /

One of the least touched positional groups this offseason for the Chicago Bears has been the tight end position. The only player not returning from a year ago was Demetrius Harris, who was a complete disappointment and ended up being phased out of the offense rather quickly.

The Bears must feel content with the players they currently have on the roster, as the team did not draft or sign any new tight ends to the roster this offseason other than an undrafted free agent out of Stanford, Scooter Harrington.

Who can’t help but be excited about the potential of the Bears’ second-year player, Cole Kmet?

Kmet had a slow start to his rookie season but had a strong second half that fans are eager to see him build off of.

And as it stands today, Jimmy Graham is set to return for his second season in Chicago after leading the team in receiving touchdowns last season with eight.

So how are the Chicago Bears faring at the tight end position heading into 2021?

In this episode of The Chicago Audible, the guys continue their annual summer series “Countdown to Camp” — where they go episode-by-episode previewing every position (and player) on the Chicago Bears — the guys share their in-depth preview (and discussion on) the tight ends.

Listen as the guys discuss how Cole Kmet can build off a strong second half of his rookie season, what specifically Kmet must improve to take his next step toward being the team’s TE1, what role Jimmy Graham will have in his second season in Chicago, their thoughts on the quality of depth with guys like J.P. Holtz and Jesper Horsted, and much more!

The guys also make some bold predictions for the unit, play some over/under and discuss a few additional superlatives along the way. And of course, they stay true to form (adhering to their promise to discuss every player on the roster heading into training camp) by making sure they share which players fighting for roster spots have the best chance of making the team.

How many tight ends will the Bears roll with come Week 1, and what are the reasonable expectations (and burning questions) for each tight end heading into this season?

As always, the guys at The Chicago Audible, have you covered.

Other positional preview episodes:

Chicago Bears Offensive Line Preview

Chicago Bears Defensive Line Preview

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