Housler signed with the Bears in December of last year, paving the way for him to actually start Chicago's season finale in the wake of injuries at tight end. While Martellus Bennett could depart Chicago this offseason, free agent Zach Miller's uncertain situation also makes signing a veteran like Housler a good insurance move by the Bears.
Housler started the Bears' final game of the season with Martellus Bennett (ribs) and Zach Miller (toe) sitting out, and recorded two catches for 18 yards in the Week 17 loss. With both Bennett and Miller expected back for 2016, Housler will have a difficult time climbing higher than third on the depth chart at tight end if he ends up sticking around with the Bears in training camp.
Rob Housler will start at tight end for the Chicago Bears in Sunday's matchup against the Lions, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports.
With Zach Miller (toe) ruled out for the season finale, Housler will receive his first opportunity to see extended snaps. Still, given that he has just one catch in his previous three games with the Bears and rarely delivered strong production in previous season as a starter for the Cardinals, Housler isn't an attractive punt play option in daily formats.
Rob Housler was signed by the Bears on Tuesday.
With Martellus Bennett (ribs) placed on injured reserve, the Bears need some depth behind Zach Miller. Although he has apparently recovered from the hamstring injury he dealt with earlier this year, Housler is unlikely to have a key role in the passing game.
Rob Housler (hamstring) has been placed on IR by the Cleveland Browns .
Housler, who suffered his hamstring injury back on Oct. 18, ended up catching just one pass for six yards in six games in his first season with the Browns. With Housler unavailable, Jim Dray and E.J. Bibbs remain in the Browns' depth TE mix behind starter Gary Barnidge.
|P2||8/18/16||@ NE||8:00 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ CLE||8:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|7||10/20/16||@ GB||8:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/13/16||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|