Brown caught two passes for six yards in Sunday's win over the Titans. Brown primarily played in the fourth quarter and caught a pair of short passes, though his second reception resulted in a first down. He's part of a crowded depth chart at tight end, but based on preseason usage, he appears to be ahead of Ben Braunecker for what could be final roster spot at the position.
Brown caught one pass on three targets for four yards in Thursday's preseason tilt against the Broncos. Brown was the fourth tight end on the Bears to see action in the game and played with the second team. He missed out on an opportunity to convert a first down, dropping a pass that hit him right in the hands. He's buried on the depth chart at present, and unless that situation changes, he's not likely to be much of a fantasy factor to start the season.
With Zach Miller (foot) trying to prove himself to be a healthy and reliable option during training camp, Brown could compete for a role as the Bears' receiving tight end, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. Brown had an audition for this role during the last six games of 2016 when Miller was sidelined with a foot injury. Despite his opportunity, Brown averaged just 20 yards per game, and he'd need to make a tremendous leap this year to profile as a significant contributor. In addition, should Brown move ahead of Miller on the depth chart, he'll still have to compete for targets with Dion Sims and Adam Shaheen. This situation won't have much clarity until training camp begins.
Brown signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Monday. Brown became the primary receiving tight end for the Bears last season after Zach Miller (foot) went down in Week 11 and ultimately finished the season with 16 receptions for 124 yards and a score. With Miller slated to return in 2017, Brown will most certainly revert back to a depth role.
Brown caught two passes for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings to finish the season with 20 receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown. When the Bears lost Zach Miller for the season with a foot injury, Brown became the primary receiving tight end for the team, though he only surpassed 24 yards once over six games. With Miller under contract for 2017, and Ben Braunecker returning for his second NFL season, it's unlikely that Brown can expect to see more than a couple targets in any given week if the Bears choose to bring him back for another season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/29||@New Orleans Saints||20||7.60|
|10||11/12||Green Bay Packers||1||2.67|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||2||2.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||16||11||94||0||6||8.55||9|