Adam Shaheen: The Bears expect the second-round rookie tight end to contribute in the passing game because he’s such a big target at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, and because he has uncanny speed for a player that size. His challenge this summer is to develop as a blocker, something he wasn’t frequently used for at Division II Ashland. On one running play in team drills Sunday, Shaheen engaged outside linebacker Sam Acho, got his hips turned, and sealed a hole that Ka’Deem Carey ran through.
Daniel Brown: The former wide receiver also hopes to round out his game as a blocker this summer. On Sunday in team drills, he met linebacker Christian Jones in the hole, then released to the sideline on a pass route. Later, he separated from undrafted rookie linebacker Alex Scearce during red-zone work and caught a short touchdown.
Seen and heard
Center Cody Whitehair might want to celebrate with someone his own size. After rookie running back Tarik Cohen scored a touchdown in team drills, his teammates ran to congratulate him. Whitehair chest-bumped Cohen. That’s 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds bumping 5-6 and 181. Whitehair sent Cohen tumbling backward, one of the funnier moments of camp so far.
Slotting him in
Victor Cruz’s savvy in the slot has been evident through two padded practices. He still has quick-twitch ability in tight spaces, and his body control has helped him make multiple catches in traffic. On Sunday, Cruz caught a touchdown from Mitch Trubisky in red zone work. Trubisky threw on the run and hit Cruz at the boundary. Cruz also converted a third down by settling into a hole in zone…
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