Bears-Eagles preview: What’s behind Martellus Benentt on the tight end depth chart?

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Based on Martellus Bennett’s reaction to being spun to the ground by Kyle Fuller, you would have thought the rookie cornerback broke off the Black Unicorn’s horn.

Bennett, who also dubs himself the Orange Dinosaur, is in danger of going extinct if he can’t keep his head on straight. Bennett has been absent from practice since being suspended indefinitely for throwing Fuller to the ground — among other possible indiscretions that were not noted by Phil Emery or Marc Trestman.

It’s bad enough that the Bears are currently without Bennett, who has grown to be a dangerous weapon over the middle of the field who draws attention away from Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. But what compounds the problem is that the depth behind Bennett at the tight end position is shady at best.

Dante Rosario gets the first crack at playing time, but he caught one pass all of last season. He at least has NFL experience, though, as a veteran of five teams over eight seasons. Zach Miller, who played three seasons with the Jaguars from 2009-2011, Matthew Mulligan, a sixth-year pro who spent time with three other teams, and Jeron Mastrud, a fifth-year pro who spent time with Miami and Oakland, are the other tight ends on the roster vying for a roster spot.

I’m curious to see if any of these guys can not only step up and distance themselves from the rest of the competition, but also play a role in the offense this year even with the return of Bennett. Having the option to play two tight ends creates openings for everybody.

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