Projected Chicago Bears' Final 53-Man Roster, Pre-Training Camp Edition (TE)

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  1. BSBEARS

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    Tight Ends (2)

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    1. Martellus Bennett
    2. Dante Rosario
    There is no doubt that Martellus Bennett will once again be the team's main target at the tight end position in 2014.
    He finished the 2013 season with 65 catches for 759 yards with five touchdowns and proved to be a reliable red-zone target for both Jay Cutler and Josh McCown. Along with his abilities as a pass catcher, Bennett is an underrated blocker, and those abilities should once again pay dividends in the running game.
    The team kept just two tight ends on the roster in 2013, and that will likely be the same in 2014.
    Dante Rosario, Matthew Mulligan, Zach Miller and Jeron Mastrud will all be competing for the final tight end spot.
    Rosario was acquired in a trade last season and spent most of his time on special teams. He did get onto the field at times as a blocking tight end and recorded one reception for 13 yards.
    The one common trait among the four men who are competing for the final spot is they are all viewed more as blockers than pass-catchers.
    Mulligan may be the most intriguing because of his experience (nine NFL seasons), but Rosario's familiarity with the system may be enough to keep him on the roster.
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    I like Bennett but hope another team cuts a payer who will be an upgrade.
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    If they elect to keep 7 LBs then TE may be an spot where they keep only two but in order to use a PS TE for insurance they'll need another prospect I think because none of the guys competing for that #2 spot have PS eligibility.

    I actually think both Rosario and Mulligan have a good chance of making the roster especially if Mulligan shows more athleticism and receiving skills than he has in the past. If he can then he's far more the same type of TE as Bennett than Rosario is.

    There seems to be room for both depending on how many they keep at other positions. These back end of the roster deals are always tough to call because the numbers game has as much to do with it as talent.

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