8. The Chicago Bears should permanently elevate Jesper Horsted to no. 2 tight end
This year, the Bears will officially be done with the Jimmy Graham experiment. While Graham is an incredible man and a great guy to have in the locker room, his time in Chicago is done. Between his age and potential salary going forward, the Bears should not bring him back.
A big reason why the Bears shouldn’t be concerned letting Graham go, or even going out and finding a replacement to line up next to Cole Kmet, is because they may already have that guy on the roster.
Jesper Horsted has been phenomenal every time we see him get playing time. So, what’s the hold-up? Why have the Bears continued to hide his talent? Horsted deserves a permanent spot on this roster. His athleticism and catch radius is unparalleled by anyone on this Bears roster.
Horsted very well could be the best receiving tight end on this team, but has yet to be given a real opportunity. Look at the chemistry he and Justin Fields obviously created last year. Fields tossed three touchdowns to Horsted in one preseason game alone. Horsted obviously has Fields’ trust. Get this guy on the roster permanently and give him a shot — finally.