Chicago Bears: Players on roster bubble to watch vs. Denver Broncos

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Who comes away with fourth tight end spot?

The Bears brought in free agent tight end Trey Burton to be one of the focal points of the offense under Nagy, and gave him a decent chunk of change to do so. We know Burton is a lock to make the roster.

Adam Shaheen will also be heavily involved and has no chance to be cut either. Dion Sims is used primarily in run blocking, and I don’t see a way he gets cut — although I could make a case for it.

Assuming Burton, Shaheen and Sims are all on the roster, the first question is: Do the Bears keep four tight ends? Personally, I believe they do. This offense is too intricate not to keep as much diverse talent as possible.

So, that leaves Ben Braunecker and Daniel Brown. Against Denver, watch for these guys to get ample playing time. The starters might play into the second quarter and potentially even up until halftime. But, when they leave, don’t expect to see any tight end on the field other than one of Brown or Braunecker.

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Braunecker has had a strong camp, but Brown has some experience in regular season action as well and has proven he can be an option in the red zone. This is one of the tighter battles on the roster at the moment, so these two will be out to prove something Saturday night.