Chicago Bears: 4 players that could alter depth chart

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Chicago Bears, Dax Raymond
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Tight End Dax Raymond

The Bears’ tight end group looked good on paper entering last season. They had just signed Trey Burton and had high hopes for Adam Shaheen in his second year with the team. While Burton produced last season, it somehow still felt as though something was missing in his game. Shaheen, meanwhile, missed most of the season due to injury.

This spring, the Bears brought in undrafted rookie Dax Raymond out of Utah State. You may look at his college production and wonder, “How exactly is this guy going do make a big impact?” But, Ryamond’s college numbers do not exemplify all that he can do on the field. With a starting NFL quarterback, Raymond’s usage could look a lot different, and much more productive.

Raymond is more of a receiver than he is a tight end. He’s big, strong but also incredibly quick. His footwork is phenomenal and he is even more dangerous after the catch than most at his position.

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The Bears also have Ben Braunecker under contract as their third tight end, but Raymond will push him in training camp.

Not only will Raymond push Braunecker, but I believe he will push Shaheen as well. Raymond has the makings of what the Bears thought they were getting in Shaheen, and if he shows out at training camp, you could see quite the changeup in the team’s final depth chart.