Know Your Bears — The Tight Ends – Chicago Bears News

Know Your Bears — The Tight Ends – Chicago Bears News

Third in a position-by-position series of training-camp capsules on every player on the Bears’ 90-man roster. The Bears open training camp on July 27 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.


Tight end     Ninth year

6-5, 243       Nebraska-Omaha

Zach Miller had 47 receptions for 486 yards and fgour touchdowns in 10 games, but suffered a foot injury vs. the Giants that ended his season. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Acquired: Signed to a futures contract after the 2013 season ended.

Age: 32

NFL experience: 58 games (27 starts) in eight seasons.

Background: A former college quarterback drafted in the sixth round (180th overall) by the Jaguars in 2010, Miller had 41 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons, but missed most of the next four seasons with injuries, including his first season with the Bears in 2014. He outperformed Martellus Bennett in 2015 (34-439, 12.9, five touchdowns) and was on pace for a bigger year in 2016 (47-486, 10.3, four touchdowns) when he suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 11.

Notable: Miller has played in 58 of a possible 128 regular-season games in his eight-year NFL career and has yet to play 16 games in a season.

The skinny: Bears seem to have moved on — signing Dion Sims to a three-year, $18 million contract ($10 million guaranteed) and drafting Adam Shaheen in the second round. But if Miller is healthy, he could be a much-needed veteran safety valve for newcomer Mike Glennon. Despite his production when healthy, Miller probably needs to have a really good camp to…

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