Ranking the Chicago Bears 2021 offensive units to the current roster

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The Chicago Bears tight end group looks a little different in 2022

The top tight end on both the 2021 and 2022 rosters is Cole Kmet. This means that we need to determine which roster looks better behind Kmet. The tight end position was supposed to be a key point of the Matt Nagy offense, but we did not see it develop the way we all thought. Kmet had a great season last year outside of not finding the end zone. He caught 60 passes for 612 yards — good enough for 12th-most yards by a tight end last year.

Now we need to look at the rest of the rosters.

"2021: Cole Kmet – TE1 Jimmy Graham – TE2 Jesse James – TE3 Jesper Horsted – TE4 J.P. Holtz – TE5 2022: Cole Kmet – TE1 James O’Shaughnessy – TE2 Ryan Griffin – TE3 John Rysen – TE4"

Jimmy Graham was not the Jimmy Graham we saw in 2020. After scoring eight touchdowns, he barely saw the field last year. This is not the same situation as Allen Robinson though. Therefore, in this case, Graham doesn’t move the needle at all. When we compare Jesse James and James O’Shaughnessy, they are essentially the same player. Therefore, the true TE2 spot is basically a wash. Fans aren’t going to want to hear this, but Ryan Griffin is an upgrade over Jesper Horsted. Horsted had the potential to be better, but an injury has derailed his career.

Positional Ranking: 2022 Wins (slightly)

Cole Kmet is obviously a wash, but I am going to give the nod to the current roster with O’Shaughnessy and Griffin being better options than James, Horsted and Holtz.