Holtz has officially signed his exclusive-rights tender with the Bears, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Holtz played 14 games for the Bears last season and started seven of them. He was used mainly as a blocker but did log seven receptions for 91 yards. His role is not expected to be expanded in 2021, as the team brought in veteran Jimmy Graham for No. 1 tight end duties.
Holtz wasn't targeted in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17, and he ended the campaign with seven catches for 91 yards in 13 games. When the Bears suffered injuries to their top-three tight ends, Holtz was thrust into a prominent role down the stretch, but he averaged fewer than two receptions over six games. He'll be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, and it's likely he'll look to compete for a backup role wherever he signs.
Holtz caught one pass for 13 yards in the Bears' 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. Holtz saw just one target for the third game in a row, and he won't be a strong fantasy option in a Week 17 matchup against the Vikings.
Holtz saw one target but lost a yard on his lone catch of Sunday's 21-13 loss to Green Bay. Holtz's stock climbed after Week 14's 56-yard performance, but Sunday's outing should level things out a bit. The rookie, thanks to injuries, has climbed up the depth chart and the Bears' offense has shown more signs of life as of late, but he's a tough play Sunday against a rallying Chiefs defense with a tenacious safety over the middle in Tyrann Mathieu.
Holtz caught all three of his targets for 56 yards in the Bears' 31-24 win over the Cowboys on Thursday. Although he's been serving as the primary blocking tight end for the Bears, Holtz saw his first targets in eight weeks. Despite posting a big yardage total, his low floor makes him nearly impossible to start in the fantasy playoffs.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/26||@Los Angeles Rams||17||8.00|
|8||11/01||New Orleans Saints||31||12.33|
|12||11/29||@Green Bay Packers||5||5.00|
|17||01/03||Green Bay Packers||5||5.00|
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|3 Year Avg||4||4||46||0||2||11.50||4|