‘Baby’ steps: Bears rookie Adam Shaheen making good first impression – Chicago Bears News

‘Baby’ steps: Bears rookie Adam Shaheen making good first impression – Chicago Bears News

BOURBONNAIS — It’s hard to watch Adam Shaheen without getting carried away. The Bears’ 6-6, 270-pound rookie tight end runs, changes direction, gets open and definitely catches the ball in traffic like a tight end deserving of the nickname “Baby Gronk.”

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself imagining the potential of that kind of weapon. The Bears have something here, but still are a long way from discovering exactly what that is. Time for a quick reality check: After three practices and only one in pads at training camp, Shaheen much more “Baby” than he is “Gronk.”

Shaheen, who virtually came out of nowhere to become the Bears’ second-round draft pick (45th overall) out of Division II Ashland (Ohio) University, has a lot to learn about playing tight end in the NFL to become the force he has the potential to be. But he’s not in over his head in the least.

His stick-em like hands are the obvious asset to the naked eye. He’s a huge target with an even bigger catch radius. He’s not infallible, but he has catches balls in tight windows, including the contested catches and 50-50 balls that made him a dominant player at the Division II level. In Saturday’s practice, he made a one-handed catch against safety Adrian Amos and a diving catch vs.  linebacker Jonathan Anderson.

Bears rookie tight end Adam Shaheen, the second-round draft pick from Division II Ashland (Ohio), has not looked overwhelmed by NFL-level competition in the early practices at training camp at Olivet Nazarene. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

And he doesn’t appear to be overwhelmed with the nuances of NFL football. When he stepped off the…

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