Chicago Bears: Players who can earn roster spot against Chiefs

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Ben Braunecker Chicago Bears
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Tight End Ben Braunecker

Prior to Adam Shaheen injuring his ankle, you could have speculated as to whether the Bears would keep four tight ends. I, for one, have always been of the belief they will carry four. Shaheen’s injury all but cements that fact.

The final spot will come down to either Daniel Brown or Ben Braunecker, and my money is on Braunecker if he continues his stellar play against Kansas City. Last Saturday against the  Broncos, Braunecker came through with the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

It may have been his only catch, but that kind of moment was a big one for him. Braunecker stood out through most of training camp as well, and in my mind, he’s the clear guy to take hold of the fourth spot.

Brown has kind of always been “there” as a pass-catching option for the Bears over his two years in Chicago. As the third or fourth tight end for the team in that span, he’s caught 29 balls, including a touchdown. But, he hasn’t offered anything spectacular.

Braunecker is a much better athlete than Brown, and one would have to think that Nagy keeps him for that reason. If Braunecker gives us another moment or two against the Chiefs, I think he’s a lock for that final spot.