Pope could be answer to Bears prayers

Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by short faced bear, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. short faced bear

    short faced bear Assistant Head Coach
    DBS Writer

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Messages:
    11,051
    Likes Received:
    1,441
    ßearz ßuckz:
    804ß
    Please Register or Log in to Remove this Advertisement!
    They need clear No. 2 to Bennett and veteran blocker seems to fit bill

    By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune reporter

    8:25 p.m. CDT, August 2, 2013

    BOURBONNAIS — The Bears came to training camp with a bunch of options at backup tight end although none of them have much experience.

    Now, the one behind starter Martellus Bennett with the most experience has departed as the team placed Brody Eldridge on waivers and is poised to sign veteran Leonard Pope, pending a physical.

    When the Bears arrived, they had five tight ends after Bennett and those five had combined for 25 NFL starts — 16 by Eldridge. Now, they'll look to see what Pope, 29, can do. He watched the majority of Friday's practice with a play script and could be in uniform for Saturday night's practice at Soldier Field.

    Pope played 16 games for the Steelers last season with two starts and he long has been a favorite of former Bears wide receivers coach Todd Haley, who coached him with the Cardinals, Chiefs and then last season in Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-8, 264-pound Pope is a solid blocker and can be effective as a receiver in the red zone. He caught five touchdown passes in 2007 for the Cardinals and had a career-high 24 receptions for 247 yards and one score in 2011 with the Chiefs.

    The Bears are hoping to develop Fendi Onobun, a former college basketball player with similar athletic skills to Bennett but he is with his sixth team. Steve Maneri was signed to replace Matt Spaeth, now with the Steelers, and Kyle Adams has been with the Bears the past two seasons. Gabe Miller is in camp but must serve a four-game suspension to start the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

    Pope would project as a No. 2 as the Bears don't have a clear one right now. A lot will depend on what direction they want to take the offense with the personnel.

    "We have different skill sets at that position right now and we have somebody in Martellus who really gives you the optimal — he's a three-down player, he can block the run, he can protect in the pass and he can run routes inside and out," coach Marc Trestman said. "Those guys are hard to find. But obviously tight end demands that you initially have to block the point. That's No. 1 and from there we try to work with our skill sets the best we can."


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...3-brite-bears-chicago-20130803,0,813848.story
     
  2. exsomnio

    exsomnio Newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    Todd Haley was a Bears WR coach?
     
  3. dachuckster

    dachuckster Pro-Bowler
    SuperFan

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2013
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    572
    ßearz ßuckz:
    924ß
  4. zelezo vlk

    zelezo vlk Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2013
    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    22
    ßearz ßuckz:
    Which would explain why that was the last time our wideouts were good before this year.
     
  5. Henry Burris

    Henry Burris Head Coach

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    2,507
    ßearz ßuckz:
    942ß
    Def. sounds to me like Trestman's going to run a lot of 2 TE sets for versatility.
     
  6. strockrocks

    strockrocks Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2013
    Messages:
    278
    Likes Received:
    245
    ßearz ßuckz:
    108ß
    I can't believe I had to start over and register again when the boards changed. I'm only posting this so I can have '1' post instead of '0'.

    Go Pope.
     
  7. Henry Burris

    Henry Burris Head Coach

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    2,507
    ßearz ßuckz:
    942ß
    They'll bring our post counts and all that back up in a bit, but it's gonna take a little time.
     
  8. JPosh2012

    JPosh2012 Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2012
    Messages:
    1,161
    Likes Received:
    77
    ßearz ßuckz:
    Interesting signing but we could use some depth in the TE position.
     
  9. lklrlolnlilklsox

    lklrlolnlilklsox Position Coach

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2005
    Messages:
    6,779
    Likes Received:
    363
    ßearz ßuckz:
    249ß
    If Leonard Pope is the answer, it must have been a pretty dumb question. The Steelers let him walk to bring back Matt freaking Speath, 'nuff said.
     
  10. MPbears68

    MPbears68 Hall of Famer

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Messages:
    5,192
    Likes Received:
    1,658
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,253ß
    Yep, we don't have jack behind Marty at TE. And amazingly that's an improvement over last year when had even less than that.
     

Share This Page