The Bear Goggles On Countdown to Kickoff series is now underway. With 84 days to go until the Bears season kicks off we will highlight the Bears player that is wearing number 84, tight end, Ben Braunecker.
Ben Braunecker carved out a nice fan base for himself during OTAs. “Bronk” gained popularity due to his draft grade, and of course his highlights at Harvard. The media had a lot of fun with Braunecker’s high IQ and how he was a molecular biology major.
Braunecker struggled with health in training camp and never had much of an opportunity to prove himself worthy of a 53-man roster spot. Braunecker didn’t make the team out of training camp but was brought back to the practice squad.
Braunecker was eventually elevated to the 53-man roster, but his chances were limited. As the season progressed and the Bears injuries piled up, Braunecker saw the field more but only tallied four catches for 41 yards.
Bronk’s 2017 outlook isn’t great. The Bears made a commitment to tight end this offseason with the signing of Dion Sims and drafting Adam Shaheen. With Zach Miller a lock to make the roster, those are three tight ends that will start camp ahead of Braunecker. It’s also three tight ends that Braunecker has zero chance to jump by week one.
Besides those three, the Bears also have Daniel Brown on the roster which has made the Bears tight end…
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