Just like every other starting position on the offensive side of the ball for the Chicago Bears, the first-string tight end position is undoubtedly etched in stone with seven-year veteran Martellus Bennett, who will continue to be one of the big targets in the Bears’ aerial attack. As for other tight ends, like Jeron Mastrud, the future in Chicago for the 2014 season isn’t as concrete.
Even with the recent release of Fendi Onobun, the competition to back up Bennett will be a crowded one.
Mastrud, who’s entering his fifth year in the NFL, looks to be a long-shot to make the Bears’ 53-man roster for 2014. Aside from Bennett, Mastrud will have to contend with Zach Miller, Matthew Mulligan and Dante Rosario in training camp.
Miller and Mulligan are veterans who have NFL experience, as does Mastrud with the Oakland Raiders. Mastrud, Miller and Mulligan seem to be on the same level as far as familiarity with the league. However, Rosario’s time spent with the Bears last year may be the key reason for putting Mastrud on the bubble when it comes to making the team for the regular season.
Assuming that Chicago carries three tight ends on their roster, I believe that Bennett and Rosario will be Nos. 1 and 2 respectively, leaving Mastrud, Miller and Mulligan to fight it out for that final spot. In order for Mastrud to beat out Miller and Mulligan, he must prove to be the best among the three in run and pass blocking, as well as an asset on special teams.