Predicting the 2022 Chicago Bears 53-man roster after preseason

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 18: Cole Kmet #85 of the Chicago Bears warms up before the preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks, and the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field on August 18, 2022, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Tight End (3): Cole Kmet, Ryan Griffin, James O’Shaughnessy

The offense that offensive coordinator Luke Getsy wants to run requires the tight end position to be able to block but also get open in space to help his quarterback. See Todd Christensen, Kellen Winslow, and the quiet but impactful Shannon Sharpe. Long story short, the H-Back is valuable.

Look for Cole Kmet to be the receiving threat that the Bears envisioned he would be when he was drafted, while Griffin and O’Shaughnessy will likely be blockers more than pass-catchers. That’s not to say they can’t step up when their number is called upon, but Kmet will see most of the catches.

Don’t be surprised if Ryan Poles goes scowering for a tight end off waivers. Depth matters, and given how the Bears are a bit thin at the tight end position, another receiving threat certainly wouldn’t hurt to have on the roster. We’ll stick with these three as the tight ends the Bears will carry this season.