In this sneak preview from the November issue of Bear Report magazine, Maggie Hendricks looks at the…
Bears 2011 Year in Review: Tight End
THE PLAYERS Kellen Davis (18 REC, 35 TAR, 206 YDS, 5 TD) With Mike Martz as the coordinator, and Greg Olsen being traded before the season, no one expected too much from Chicago's tight ends beyond a heavy dose of blocking. Martz did just that, using Davis as a blocker almost exclusively. He was on the field for 751 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF), yet he caught just 18 passes. Of those 18 catches, 13 went for first downs and five went for touchdowns – the most of any pass catcher on the team. Yet every week, Davis was left out of the game plan. Coach Lovie Smith received some criticism for his remarks regarding Davis in his season-ending press conference. "Kellen Davis can do anything the good tight ends in this league can do," said Smith. "As a catcher if we focus in on him, we can make him more of a guy that people are talking about just based on throwing him the ball more. So I think we have an excellent tight end with good...
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