As impressive as the 4-1 mark through the first five weeks is for the Chicago Bears, there are still some questions about them, particularly on the offensive side.
One of those question marks is the tight end spot, which hasn’t been the source of consistency that one would like. Despite opportunities to add a more established pass-catching tight end during the offseason, the Bears elected to bring back Kellen Davis to start at the spot.
Given the inconsistency of the offensive line, a strong offensive tight end has the potential to be a best friend for Jay Cutler. But through the first three weeks, it looked like the Bears had made a mistake thinking that Davis could be that type of presence.
The past two weeks may indicate otherwise, though. In Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, Davis made some huge catches that kept drives alive. He finished with three catches for 62 yards, each of which came on third down. One of them was a fantastic concentration grab in the fourth quarter.
On Sunday, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Davis had another pair of catches. Both went for first downs.
His size, at 6’7″ and nearly 270, could allow him to be a very solid tight end in this league. He’s a terrific athlete. But he still has a ways to go to become as effective as the Bears are hoping that he will. His consistency both in the passing game and as a blocker each need some continued work.
Though the Bears may have been better served to at least look into some tight end options to add to the roster that can catch passes, whether they’d start or not, we’re getting a glimpse of why the Bears thought they’d be just fine with Kellen Davis in the fold.
Davis is still a work in progress. He’s going to make some mistakes as the season wears on. But if he continues to come along like he has in the past few games, he has the potential to silence a lot of doubters (including myself) and become a nice weapon for Jay Cutler in the passing game.