Chicago Bears: 7 Players who could shockingly make the final roster
Although added late to the Chicago Bears roster, Jake Butt could make this team
The Chicago Bears signed Jake Butt less than a month ago. He will need to prove himself during training camp set to start in a little more than two weeks. With the team’s current depth chart at tight end, it would not shock me at all if Butt finds a way to make the final roster.
Last season, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy decided to keep six tight ends on the Chicago Bears roster. This was an increase over the prior year when the team only kept four. With how limited the back end of the depth chart was in playing time last season, I would be shocked if the team kept more than five tight ends this year.
With that said, Jake Butt could easily be one of those five. Jimmy Graham seems almost guaranteed to stick around despite potentially being a cap casualty. Cole Kmet is a lock and the hopeful TE1 of this team. This leaves J.P. Holtz, Jesper Horsted, Jake Butt, Scooter Harrington and Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. to compete for the final two to three spots. Horsted never saw the field last year, Holtz played only eight percent of the offensive snaps and the last two are new faces.
Butt is a former fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos. He didn’t see any action until his second season in 2018. That year he started three games, saw 13 targets and gained 85 yards on eight catches. If Butt picks up the playbook quickly enough, he should have no problem beating out a few undrafted free agents.