Bears tight end Adam Shaheen has been a clear standout throughout camp and the first week of preseason. In fact, Shaheen was Pro Football Focus’ second highest graded Week 1 tight end. Shaheen has certainly earned the respect of head coach Matt Nagy. Nagy recently said that Shaheen will be a “big part of this offense,” after his tight end caught three passes for 53 yards. Nagy continued to say they’re trying to “fine tune some of his route-running skills and what he does versus specific coverages.”
Reading between the lines of what Nagy is saying, Shaheen clearly has some more polish to put in his game. However, Nagy clearly has a lot of faith in his young developing tight end and appears willing to put the time in to his development. Shaheen has clearly earned some more reps as the regular season approaches. Last season, the 6-foot-6, 270 lb tight end caught 12 balls for 127 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, Shaheen will be the second-most targeted tight end on the team, behind Trey Burton. Thus, his fantasy value is heavily capped. Shaheen will still be a red zone weapon for the Bears and Nagy, but as far as fantasy relevance goes, he can only be viewed as a late-round ‘Penny Stock.’ The upside exists, as Nagy loves peppering tight ends with targets (full breakdown of Nagy’s offense linked here).
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