In the sixth of our 10-part series looking back at the 2012 Chicago Bears, we break down the play of…
Bischoff: Bears TEs must create stress
In today's NFL, tight ends are more than just the blockers and occasional pass catchers they've been throughout most of history. The crop of current athletes have the same size as their predecessors, yet these hulking human beings are fast and agile, with speed and catching ability comparable to most wide receivers. Consider New England's Rob Gronkowski, who in 2011 broke the all-time record for receiving yards (1,327) and touchdowns (17) by a tight end. Or New Orleans' Jimmy Graham, who has been targeted a whopping 284 times the past two seasons combined. Dallas' Jason Witten caught 110 passes last year, while San Francisco's Vernon Davis is almost always the fastest man on the field. In addition, tight ends like the Patriots' Aaron Hernandez, Green Bay's Jermichael Finley, Houston's Owen Daniels and Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph are all players that can burn...
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