Bears in good shape at tight end

Updated 4/16/2011 4:36 PM

Even with 12-year veteran free agent Desmond Clark not expected back, the Bears are solid at tight end.

Though starter Greg Olsen saw his receiving numbers plummet in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's offense, he still caught 41 passes for 404 yards and tied for the team lead with 5 TD grabs. He also became a better blocker, which is a requirement for any tight end in Martz's scheme. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Olsen still creates difficult matchups for the defense, has field-stretching speed and is a legitimate weapon in the red zone with 18 TD catches in the past three seasons.


Ten-year veteran Brandon Manumaleuna is an afterthought in the passing game. But, at 6-2 and 295 pounds, he can be like having an extra offensive lineman on the field, although he did not perform up to expectations last season.

Entering his fourth season, Kellen Davis is at a crossroads in his career. At 6-foot-7 and 262 pounds, he has the size to be an effective blocker, and he also possesses the athleticism and receiving skills to factor in the passing game. With Clark not expected back, Davis should get more playing time than ever before and has a chance to establish himself as a key component in the base offense, aside from his contributions on special teams.

Davis had just 1 catch last season, but it was for a 19-yard touchdown. He had 9 receptions in '09, and 3 of them went for TDs.

Need: 2 (On a scale with 10 representing a dire need and 1 representing no need at all).


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