Caleb Hanie, as playing three preseason games with only rookie Dan LeFevour and journeyman Matt Gutierrez behind starter Jay Cutler would have been nuts. But the coaching staff has gone out of its way to praise Hanie, even offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who knew nothing about him when he came to Chicago, and indications suggest Hanie will be fine come Week 1. However, now that the Bears have decided to keep three quarterbacks instead of two, that means Hanie will be a game-day inactive and one less player that could have suited up – like jettisoned special-teams ace Tim Shaw – ends up on the cutting-room floor instead. Greg Olsen since the tight end hasn't been much of an offensive threat in Martz's scheme. But here we are months later and ready for the regular season to get started, and four tight ends made the 53-man roster, although part of that decision stems from no traditional fullbacks making the cut and veteran Desmond Clark now being classified as an H-back. Still, Davis is much more of a receiver than a blocker, so the wideout-friendly Martz shouldn't need another pass-catching tight end to play with since he already has Olsen, and even though Davis does have a role on special teams, he's not as productive as Shaw proved to be in 2009. Jarron Gilbert heading into training camp this year, as both were raw defensive linemen still learning their respective positions, both contributed next to nothing as rookies and both are a reflection of general manager Jerry Angelo's recent failures in the NFL Draft – Melton was a fourth rounder, Gilbert was a third rounder. Gilbert was justifiably pink-slipped, and even though Melton survived by the skin of his teeth, he doesn't deserve playing time over either Matt Toeaina or Marcus Harrison and likely won't dress on game day when everyone is healthy. But if Melton's upside was too tempting to give up on just yet, then maybe Harrison should have been deep-sixed since he looks to be another underachieving choice in Round 3.
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