For a brief period early in training camp and into the preseason, it looked like the Bears had the makings of a two tight end formation with the emergence of Zach Miller. Unfortunately, that moment was fleeting as Miller suffered an injured foot and was subsequently placed on IR.
Now, the Bears will have to make a decision on who they’ll carry on the roster to complement starter Martellus Bennett.
Veteran Dante Rosario will get the first shot at the job although he hasn’t shown much this preseason. Rosario was with the Bears last year and caught just one pass all season. He was clearly used as an extra pass blocker whenever the Bears ran two tight end sets.
Matthew Mulligan and Jeron Mastrud are the two other options at the position. Neither player inspires much fear as a pass catcher. However, with a pair of great wide receivers like Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, to go with Matt Forte out of the backfield and Bennett as the No. 1 tight end, the Bears might not need a second pass catcher at tight end.