5 biggest takeaways from Chicago Bears first unofficial depth chart
The Chicago Bears released their first unofficial depth chart before the start of the preseason. This depth chart means little in the grand scheme other than giving us a starting point to track growth from. Seeing the changes over the following weeks will make taking this depth chart in worthwhile.
What are a few things that can actually give us something to take away?
5. Jake Tonges at fullback
Tonges is a UDFA from California. He played tight end during his college career but was known as more of an athletic blocker than anything. He could have been undersized as a tight end, but now he could be oversized as a fullback.
Jake Tonges is making the transition just now, and he is clearly behind Khari Blassingame on the depth chart. Still, there are a few things to take away here. First, they are not just viewing fullback as some novelty move.
If Blassingame gets injured they are not just going to scrape a piece of their playbook, so they need depth at the position. For Tonges, he could be seeing that there are three veterans ahead of him, and Chase Allen is a better pass catcher as a tight end.
Playing fullback could ensure he gets a role on the practice squad considering not many teams will be plucking a tight end turned full-back in his rookie season off the practice squad. So, the fact that they have a serious role to incorporate a fullback into the offense, and that they have intentions of keeping Tonges on the practice squad as they asked him to move into a new role.