Chicago Bears: Top candidates for regression in 2019

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Chicago Bears, Trey Burton
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Tight End Trey Burton

Last year, I absolutely loved the Trey Burton signing. I’m not saying I don’t necessarily like it at the present time, but I am saying that it may have been a bit too much money stuffed into that contract.

Now, with the way the position looks, Burton is absolutely, positively the no. 1 option at tight end. He’s going to be the clear-cut guy at the position for the Bears in 2019. But, the way coaches are talking about Adam Shaheen over the offseason thus far has me believing yet again that Shaheen could steal some catches from Burton.

I’m not counting on that at all, by the way — just a soft hunch at this stage.

One guy I do believe in, though, is undrafted tight end Dax Raymond. I think he makes the team. Hands down, this guy was one of the most talented players to not hear his name called. Heck, he should have been a fifth-round pick in my eyes.

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Raymond not only makes the team, but he’ll contribute. He won’t be a huge contributor (at least, not yet) but will be on the field enough to steal a few catches from Shaheen and Burton.

In 2018, Burton caught 54 balls. This season, the Bears have even more weapons. As I mentioned earlier, Nagy now has both Ridley and Patterson at his disposal, too. I don’t see Burton eclipsing 50 catches again this year, therefore he will likely regress.