Chicago Bears Roster: 5 players Bears can’t afford to cut

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The Chicago Bears cannot afford to cut tight end Jesper Horsted

What a monstrous performance from Jesper Horsted, who was listed as the Bears’ no. 5 tight end on their first unofficial depth chart.

Horsted ended his night with five catches on five targets for a whopping 104 yards and three touchdowns. He was the star of the night and proved, once again, he is one of the biggest preseason darlings in Bears history.

This time, though, felt different. Horsted looked the best he’s ever looked. The deceivingly-athletic tight end put his receiving skills on full display Saturday night, making multiple tough catches.

Horsted’s night could have been even bigger had there not been defensive pass interference on a ball thrown before halftime on that scoring drive by Fields. He could have ended the night with another 20-25 yards receiving and another impressive catch, turning his body around and making a great play on the ball.

The Bears will keep Cole Kmet, Jimmy Graham and, most likely, Jesse James. However, keeping four tight ends is a plausible scenario and Horsted cemented his case to be kept over J.P. Holtz and Scooter Harrington.

Horsted might even deserve some time during the regular season, at times, because his skill set is that of a true receiving threat at the position. Keep this man around.