By Bryan Perez
Adam Shaheen became something of an afterthought after the Chicago Bears signed Trey Burton in free agency, but his breakout performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in Thursday night’s preseason game has thrust him back into what should be a significant role on offense in 2018.
“He’s going be a big part of this offense,” coach Matt Nagy said via the Chicago Tribune. “He’s a big target. We’re trying to fine-tune some of his route-running skills and what he does versus specific coverages. So for him to come out here and play well, that was good for him.”
Shaheen has all the physical tools needed to dominate NFL defenses. At 6’5 and 270 pounds, Shaheen has above-average speed for a guy his size that he flashed on his 29-yard reception against the Bengals.
What really separates Shaheen from any other Bears tight end is his catch radius. He’s the kind of player who’s open even when he’s covered and will give Mitch Trubisky the ultimate target in the red zone.
Tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride said Shaheen has improved “getting in and out of routes with breaks that are over 90 degrees,” a critical factor to create separation from...