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Chicago Bears 2024 Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

Chicago Bears 2024 Training Camp Preview: Tight Ends

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 1: Cole Kmet #85 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Soldier Field on October 1, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) *BESTPIX* ORG XMIT: 775992302 ORIG FILE ID: 1711806067

Chicago’s coveted rookie quarterback Williams is undoubtedly a talented player. He shook up college football for several years during his time at USC and made it clear that there is a clear gap between him and the next best quarterback in college. However, a rookie playmaker can rarely change a team through talent alone; experience is just as valuable. That means that even though Williams is such an accomplished passer, he will make mistakes. The offense will almost certainly have some problems early in the season, and that’s when the tight ends come in to help straighten things out.

Tight ends are widely considered a quarterback’s best friend, and for good reason — they often bail their opponent out of sticky situations. They might make a crucial block on a pass rusher who was about to ruin a play, or use their large stature to force a last-second checkdown pass and turn a negative play into a positive. Kmet did just that excellently in his time with the Bears, but the rest of the tight ends haven’t been nearly as reliable. Everett, Lewis, and the others in the group have one mission to complete by the end of the season: bail out their QB. Help him through the early struggles of being a rookie quarterback in the NFL, and continue to be his safety net for the rest of the season.

Although receivers and running backs can take over some of the tight ends’ duties, they can’t do everything. The tight end’s ability to be Williams’ best friend on the field will be paramount to the team’s success.