Chicago Bears: 3 players on offense earning themselves a role in 2021

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Chicago Bears, Jesse James
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Chicago Bears Tight End: Jesse Jame

Following the trade of Anthony Miller to the Houston Texans, the Bears, in turn, signed tight end Jesse James to their camp roster. James has played in the NFL for six seasons most recently playing for the Detroit Lions. He hasn’t been much of a force throughout his career only topping 400 receiving yards once in his career.

With the Bears losing Demetrius Harris after the 2020 season, the Bears needed to bring in competition for their third tight-end spot. James is now competing with J.P. Holtz, Jesper Horsted, and Scooter Harrington for the third roster spot. It seems though he is earning much more than that.

James has become a favorite of Justin Fields. Fields has been constantly targeting James during training camp and James has been reliable for him. They seemed to develop a solid connection already. Fields loved to target his tight ends in the red zone and James may be earning himself a role to be that target.

Although the Bears have Jimmy Graham, the Bears could move on from him now and keep James as their ‘Y’ tight end. The 6′ 7″ tight end, much like Graham, is a monster and wins jump balls easily. Could he be making Graham expendable as a result? Regardless, he could help this team more than Harris did.