Chicago Bears: Three players who stood out vs the Bengals

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Adam Shaheen

The first player that stood out was tight end, Adam Shaheen. “Baby Gronk” has really been coming alive in training camp these past few weeks. The 2017 second-round pick has the ideal size at 6’6″, 278 pounds to be a force in this league. He is a mismatch nightmare for any defense. He just needed some time to adjust to the NFL, since he was coming from a very small college called Ashland University.

On one drive in the game, he had three catches for 53 yards receiving. He just looked bigger and better than anyone that was guarding him. These are the makings of a generational tight end. On one play, the linebacker meets him in the middle of the field, cutting Shaheen off on the drag route. Shaheen is able to juke past him, catch the ball in stride and turn on the jets up the field for a very nice gain.

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Shaheen also ran a very nice curl route and sat patiently in the open space of the zone. He was able to cleanly secure the catch, while having the wherewithal to turn up the field to try and pick up additional yardage. It took a slew of Bengals to even get Shaheen to the ground. It’s a good thing for the Bengals because Shaheen almost broke the first defender’s tackle to spring forward for an even larger gain.

When the regular season rolls around, defenses are not going to be able to sleep at night knowing they have to face the duo of Shaheen and Trey Burton, who did not play against the Bengals. The Bears may have just found themselves their very own Rob GronkowskiAaron Hernandez duo.