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  Texans | Stephen Anderson may have bigger role    Wed Feb 22, 02:50 PM

Houston Texans TE Stephen Anderson could have a bigger role in the passing game next season if the team does not re-sign impending free-agent TE Ryan Griffin this offseason.

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  Dolphins | Miami still interested in Dion Sims    Wed Feb 22, 02:42 PM

Miami Dolphins impending free-agent TE Dion Sims is a player the Dolphins are still interested in re-signing even though they have an agreement to acquire Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas, according to a source.

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  Dolphins | Julius Thomas passes physical    Wed Feb 22, 09:00 AM

Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas passed his physical with the club Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Footballguys view: That makes the trade go through, and the Dolphins get an upgrade on offense. Reunited with Adam Gase, Thomas should be able to be counted on as a TE2 with TE1 upside for fantasy owners. The best numbers of his career came under Gase during their time with the Denver Broncos.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph was NFL's most-targeted TE    Tue Feb 21, 11:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph led all tight ends this past season with 132 targets, converting that into career highs in receptions (83) and yards (840). He also registered seven receiving touchdowns.

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  Patriots | Martellus Bennett will test free agency    Tue Feb 21, 07:49 PM

New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett will test the free-agent market. Based on his asking price, he could be with a different team next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: The Patriots have plenty of salary cap space, but they're not known for spending a ton of money to keep their free agents. Bennett can test the market, and he's likely to find his way to a fifth team. He's big, fast and can create mismatches any time he lines up on the field.

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  Jets | Jets TEs were easily last in NFL in yards    Tue Feb 21, 12:53 AM

The New York Jets produced by far the fewest receiving yards at the tight end position, combining for only 173 yards all season from TEs Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Bostick. The next-fewest team, the Miami Dolphins, had 551 yards.

Footballguys view: The Jets need a lot of help at different positions. Good thing for them, this is a historic draft class at the tight end position. Expect them to select one at some point in the 2017 NFL draft. This class is so deep, they could find a starting tight end into the third round.

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  Dolphins | Julius Thomas wanted to reunite with old OC    Mon Feb 20, 11:09 PM

Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas restructured his contract in order to land with the Dolphins because he wanted to reunite with head coach Adam Gase, who was his old offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos.

Footballguys view: Thomas did his best work with Gase running the offense in Denver. Now that they're in Miami together, we could see some of that old spark. However, Thomas has never played a full 16-game season as a pro and fantasy owners need to be ready if (when?) he gets hurt again. Thomas is a TE2 with TE1 upside in Miami.

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  Dolphins | Julius Thomas reworks deal    Mon Feb 20, 06:46 PM

Miami Dolphins impending TE Julius Thomas agreed to restructure his contract as part of his trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Dolphins, according to a source. Thomas was scheduled to count $8.3 million against the salary cap in 2017, $9.8 million in 2018 and $10.3 million in 2019 before the restructuring.

Footballguys view: That was part of the deal as Thomas' price tag was just too high. The Dolphins get another weapon for the passing game, and Thomas is a player who could stand out in the red zone. Reunited with Adam Gase, we'll consider Thomas a TE2 with TE1 upside in 2017.

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  Packers | Jared Cook played well late in season    Mon Feb 20, 06:22 PM

Green Bay Packers impending free-agent TE Jared Cook averaged 13.5 yards per catch over the final seven games of the regular season, which ranked third among tight ends in the NFL in the category.

Footballguys view: Cook is fantastic when healthy and motivated...something that has seemingly always been a problem for him as a pro. He developed great chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers and is a TE1 for fantasy owners in 2017.

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  Jaguars | Julius Thomas being sent to Miami    Mon Feb 20, 05:24 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is being traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a late-round 2017 draft pick Monday, Feb. 20.

Footballguys view: So Thomas is on the move to Miami, but it's not for LT Branden Albert. The Jaguars didn't get much out of Thomas, and he still has yet to play a full 16-game season in the pros. With such a rich draft class coming into the league this year, expect the Jags to spend a pick on the position.

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  Dolphins | Miami acquiring Julius Thomas     Mon Feb 20, 05:16 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is being acquired by the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a late-round 2017 draft pick Monday, Feb. 20.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins don't send LT Branden Albert to the Jaguars, but they do get Thomas for a late pick. Thomas is reunited with Adam Gase, and he should step in as their lead tight end. He's a receiving weapon when healthy, and Thomas put up the best numbers of his career working under Gase when they were both with the Denver Broncos. Now, Ryan Tannehill is no Peyton Manning, but Thomas should be able to be used to the best of his ability with Gase calling the shots.

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  Jaguars | Julius Thomas not headed to Miami?    Mon Feb 20, 12:38 PM

Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is no longer a part of the trade package designed to acquire Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert.

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  Jaguars | Branden Albert visiting Jaguars    Mon Feb 20, 08:41 AM

Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday, Feb. 20, to help facilitate a trade involving TE Julius Thomas. The trade would likely happen if both players agree to new deals. Thomas may need to take a small pay cut, and Albert could receive a bonus.

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert has knack for scoring    Sun Feb 19, 10:05 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert had five touchdowns in eight games in 2016, and he has 18 touchdowns in 21 games over the last two seasons combined.

Footballguys view: Too bad he doesn't have a knack for staying healthy. Everyone under the sun knows Eifert is super talented, but he has never played a full 16-game season as a pro. In fact, Eifert has been limited to only 22 games over the last three years. If healthy, Eifert is a TE1 set-it-and-forget-it starter for fantasy owners.

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  Chiefs | Travis Kelce a rare weapon    Sun Feb 19, 09:52 PM

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce ranked second in the NFL with 655 yards after catch in 2016, and he was the only tight end to rank in the top 15 in the category.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs jumpstarted their passing game with Kelce and WR Tyreek Hill this year. Kelce's a TE1 with the upside to finish as the best fantasy tight end in 2017.

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  Dolphins | Miami still pursuing Julius Thomas    Sun Feb 19, 07:20 PM

Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert could be traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for TE Julius Thomas, according to league sources, and Albert said he wouldn't 'ruffle feathers' if he was traded.

Footballguys view: If added by the Dolphins, Thomas would be reunited with head coach Adam Gase. He put up the best numbers of his career under Gase during their time with the Broncos. If Thomas can stay healthy, something he's struggled with as a pro, he can be a dangerous weapon for any passing attack.

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  49ers | SF interested in Jacob Tamme?    Sun Feb 19, 10:01 AM

The San Francisco 49ers could be interested in impending free-agent TE Jacob Tamme if he doesn't re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons, according to multiple sources.

Footballguys view: Tamme should follow Kyle Shanahan. He knows the system and could help guide the young players on the 49ers as they learn the complicated language of the offense.

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  Redskins | Jordan Reed endorses Kirk Cousins    Sat Feb 18, 10:16 PM

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed said bringing back impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins should be a top priority this offseason.

Footballguys view: Reed has good chemistry with Cousins, so the endorsement makes sense. Recent reports have indicated that Cousins would be happy with the franchise tag again because he doesn't want a long-term deal from Washington. We'll see what the future holds for Cousins, but we think he plays 2017 with Washington again. After that, things get a bit unclear.

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  Lions | Cole Wick ready to return    Sat Feb 18, 09:23 PM

Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick (knee) said he is 'itching' to return to football after a knee injury cut his rookie year short, and he is doing everything he can to be ready for offseason activities.

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  Jets | Kellen Davis not expected back    Sat Feb 18, 02:43 PM

New York Jets impending free-agent TE Kellen Davis likely will not re-sign with the Jets this offseason.

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  Steelers | Pittsburgh expects Ladarius Green back    Fri Feb 17, 10:39 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is expected to be ready for the start of spring practice, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.

Footballguys view: Green's situation is one to watch, and one to be excited about if he's healthy. He has not been cleared from a concussion he sustained back in Week 15. This offseason, the Steelers should keep him severely limited so that he'll be fresh for the start of training camp.

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  Eagles | Trey Burton likely to stick in Philly    Fri Feb 17, 04:20 PM

Philadelphia Eagles TE Trey Burton is likely to remain with the club entering the 2017 season. He is a restricted free agent that Philadelphia values for both his growing presence in the offense and ongoing role as one of the team's best special-teams players. Additionally, he's 'developed a close bond' with QB Carson Wentz. The Eagles have the option to keep him by giving him a tender, which Burton is 'likely' to play on and be a restricted free agent next offseason.

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  Eagles | Eagles expected to keep Brent Celek    Fri Feb 17, 04:18 PM

Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek is likely to remain with the team going into the 2017 season.

Footballguys view: The Eagles like his contributions on the field and around the facility, plus his durability. He'll count $5 million against the cap, but Philadelphia would only save $1 million by releasing him.

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  Dolphins | Julius Thomas an option for Miami?    Fri Feb 17, 02:51 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas could be included in a trade that would send Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert to the Jaguars, in the opinion of The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins could use some help at the tight end position, and Thomas has experience working with head coach Adam Gase from their time with the Denver Broncos. It seems like the Jaguars are the front-runners for Albert at this time.

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  Seahawks | Luke Willson intends to test market    Thu Feb 16, 09:16 PM

Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson has 'made it clear' that he intends to test the open market this offseason.

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  Steelers | Ladarius Green yet to be cleared    Thu Feb 16, 08:48 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green is not currently in the NFL's concussion protocol, but he's yet to be cleared from a concussion that he sustained in the team's Week 15 game opposite the Cincinnati Bengals.

Footballguys view: This is a pretty bad sign. Is this enough to keep him off the field long term? We're tending to think so, given how teams have handled situations like this. Green showed flashes of production this season, but injuries once again derailed his efforts.

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  Colts | Jack Doyle could land big deal    Wed Feb 15, 11:52 PM

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent TE Jack Doyle could receive a contract in the neighborhood of $5 million to $7 million annually, according to Jim Ayello, of The Indianapolis Star. He would be due $9.84 million in 2017 should the Colts chose to tag him, which appears unlikely.

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  Giants | Will Tye tendered    Wed Feb 15, 08:35 AM

Updating a previous report, New York Giants exclusive rights free-agent TE Will Tye signed a one-year, $615,000 contract late last week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: ERFAs have two choices once tendered. They can choose to play for the team that tendered them, or they can stop playing football. This tender basically locks up Tye with the Giants for 2017.

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  Steelers | Ladarius Green likely to stay put?    Tue Feb 14, 11:38 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green is likely to remain on the roster, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who believes there is 'no reason for them not to bring him back.' He added: 'His health will determine what happens from there.'

Footballguys view: Green flashed ever so briefly in his first season with the Steelers. He was bothered by various injuries and couldn't do much outside of five games. If healthy, Green can be a dangerous weapon for the Steelers high-powered passing attack.

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  Giants | Two Giants should be tendered     Tue Feb 14, 06:37 PM

New York Giants exclusive rights free agents TE Will Tye and FB Nikita Whitlock are expected to be tendered, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.com.

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  Giants | New York re-signs Matt LaCosse    Tue Feb 14, 06:33 PM

New York Giants exclusive rights free agents TE Matt LaCosse and DT Robert Thomas were re-signed Tuesday, Feb. 14. LaCosse's contract is worth $465,000, while Thomas's contract will give him $540,000.

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  Bears | Logan Paulsen on his way out?    Tue Feb 14, 02:43 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent TE Logan Paulsen may not be re-signed, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson. Paulsen did play in all 16 games last season, but 'the Bears probably want more production from that spot, or fewer penalties,' in the words of Dickerson.

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  Raiders | Lee Smith will be ready for workouts    Mon Feb 13, 08:20 PM

Oakland Raiders TE Lee Smith (ankle) will be ready for the offseason workouts after missing most of the season because of a broken ankle.

Footballguys view: Smith is a big-bodied blocker, but he offers little as a receiver. The Raiders have a high-powered offense, but they've been putting up points without a consistent presence at tight end. In this fantastic tight end class, we should see them select one in the 2017 NFL draft.

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  Patriots | Martellus Bennett may not re-sign    Mon Feb 13, 06:39 PM

The New England Patriots are interested in re-signing impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett but may not be willing to get into a bidding war for him if other teams are interested, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

Footballguys view: The Patriots have $61 million in cap space this offseason, the fifth-most in the NFL. They've got the money to keep Bennett, but the team does not make a habit of overpaying for talent. It's a fantastic draft class at tight end, so they could let Bennett go and try to add a player at the position in the draft.

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  Giants | Larry Donnell won't be re-signed    Mon Feb 13, 04:22 PM

New York Giants impending free-agent TE Larry Donnell will not be re-signed and will enter the free-agent market.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. The team had already moved on from Donnell, and he lost his starting job to Will Tye in 2016. He'll find a lukewarm market for his services.

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  Redskins | Niles Paul on the mend    Sun Feb 12, 08:19 PM

Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul (shoulder) described his progression from shoulder surgery as 'crazy', and he said he is focusing on being physically and mentally healthy for 2017 after two years of injuries.

Footballguys view: There's no guarantee that Paul will return in 2017 with a cap hit of $1.75 million. He flashed in 2014 with 39 catches for 507 yards, but since then he's missed all of 2015 and eight games in 2016. If healthy...finally...Paul would provide depth behind Jordan Reed. The team is likely to bring Vernon Davis back as he's set to hit the open market.

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  Buccaneers | Record season for Cameron Brate    Sun Feb 12, 08:03 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate tied the single-season franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with eight in 2016.

Footballguys view: When QB Jameis Winston was in college at Florida State, he targeted the tight end position more than any other passer in the FBS. His love of throwing to the tight end has continued to the pros. Brate finished as the no. 6 overall tight end for fantasy owners in standard-scoring leagues. If healthy, he's a TE1 in 2017.

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  Steelers | PIT can save cap space if Ladarius Green cut    Sun Feb 12, 06:13 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers could save $5 million in salary cap space if they released TE Ladarius Green (concussion) with a post-June 1 designation.

Footballguys view: Green wasn't healthy in 2016, and was limited to only six games in his first season with the Steelers. He was effective in a couple of those games, and Green showed the ability to be a dangerous weapon within the offense. Green was rumored to be considering retirement before ever playing a down in Pittsburgh, and those rumors might fire up again this offseason.

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  Ravens | Crockett Gillmore wants to play every down    Sun Feb 12, 05:39 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore said he wants to be an every down player for the Ravens next season even though they have five other tight ends on the roster.

Footballguys view: The position is jam-packed with the Ravens, and Gillmore may have some trouble standing out if everyone is healthy. Dennis Pitta, Ben Watson and Maxx Williams will be his primary competition in 2017.

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  Colts | Jack Doyle likely to test free-agent waters    Sat Feb 11, 06:05 PM

Indianapolis Colts TE Jack Doyle is expected to have several suitors in free agency following his breakout 2016 season in which he finished with 59 catches for 584 yards and five touchdowns, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Footballguys view: We could see Doyle testing the waters and returning to the Colts anyway. It's wise for him to explore all options as he's coming off a career-best season. Doyle's chemistry with QB Andrew Luck is undeniable, and they could continue on a positive trajectory if Doyle returns in 2017.

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  Titans | Delanie Walker wants a deep threat    Fri Feb 10, 11:27 PM

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker said the offense needs a speedy receiver who can take the top off the defense and open up things in the middle of the field.

Footballguys view: The Titans will likely lose Kendall Wright,, and they should look for a playmaker like Walker is describing in free agency or the draft. With over $64 million in cap space (4th-most in the NFL), the Titans should be one of the most active teams on the open market.

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  Bears | Justin Perillo back with Chicago    Fri Feb 10, 06:08 PM

Free-agent TE Justin Perillo (Bears) re-signed with the Chicago Bears Friday, Feb. 10. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Jaguars | No bonus for Julius Thomas this week    Fri Feb 10, 05:34 PM

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is not scheduled to receive a roster bonus this week but is scheduled to receive a $3 million bonus Thursday, March 9, according to a source.

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  Saints | New Orleans optimistic about Coby Fleener    Fri Feb 10, 04:42 PM

The New Orleans Saints believe TE Coby Fleener will be a bigger part of the offense in 2017 because he will be more comfortable with the offensive scheme and will continue to build a chemistry with QB Drew Brees.

Footballguys view: We'll believe it when we see it. Fleener was not a fit for the Saints offense in 2016, but he'll get another chance to prove himself. Fantasy owners should look at Fleener like a TE2 with potential.

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  Buccaneers | Bucs make coaching changes    Fri Feb 10, 03:51 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some coaching adjustments Friday, Feb. 10, promoting Zack Grossi to offensive quality control coach, Anthony Perkins to assistant to the head coach, and Skyler Fulton to an offensive assistant. In addition, they named former NFL TE Alex E. Smith a pro scout.

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  Jaguars | Julius Thomas due large guarantee    Fri Feb 10, 01:29 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas' contract calls for $3 million of his $7 million base salary for 2017 to become fully guaranteed at the end of the day Friday, Feb. 10, according to multiple sources.

Footballguys view: The Jaguars could move on from Thomas as he's done nothing of note in two years with the team. If they do want to get rid of him, then releasing him at some point on Friday would make the most sense. However, the Jaguars do have $63 million in cap space so they might keep Thomas in the fold.

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  Colts | Competition for Jack Doyle    Thu Feb 9, 10:54 PM

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent TE Jack Doyle will likely have multiple suitors in free agency, according to beat writer Stephen Holder.

Footballguys view: Doyle had a breakout season with the Colts in 2016, and he showed great chemistry with QB Andrew Luck. New GM Chris Ballard should try and keep Doyle around if the price is right.

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  Cowboys | Gavin Escobar unlikely to return?    Thu Feb 9, 04:14 PM

Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent TE Gavin Escobar is not expected to be re-signed, according Bryan Broaddus of dallascowboys.com.

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  Buccaneers | Ben Steele named Bucs TEs coach    Wed Feb 8, 05:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive quality control coach Ben Steele has been named the team's new tight ends coach.

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  Bears | Zach Miller eyeing OTAs    Wed Feb 8, 11:29 AM

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (foot) said he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from Lisfranc surgery, and he said he'll be ready for organized team activities in April.

Footballguys view: Miller has proven to be a quality starter when healthy, but staying healthy has been a problem for him during his entire pro career. The Bears should consider adding a tight end in this amazing draft class at the position.

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