Bears head coach Matt Nagy sees Shaheen as a good fit as a traditional in-line tight end with added versatility, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. With Trey Burton having been signed to man the "U" position in the offense -- the same receiver/tight end hybrid role that Travis Kelce excelled in when Nagy was the offensive coordinator with the Chiefs -- Shaheen will primarily be slotted for blocking duties. Nagy also stated that Shaheen can play Burton's hybrid role, but the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Shaheen projects to be a much better blocker. Since the odds of two tight ends seeing heavy involvement in the passing attack are small, Burton is looking like the preferable target of the two in fantasy leagues, making Shaheen little more than a player to stash in deeper settings.
Shaheen (chest) was inactive for the last three games of the 2017 season, and he finished the year with 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. After catching just one pass on two targets over the first eight games of the season, Shaheen posted at least 39 yards in three of his last five games while scoring twice during that span. On the season, he was targeted more than twice on just two occasions, but he certainly showed flashes that will cause fantasy managers to realize he's a player who could become a strong producer. Going into his second NFL season, he may still need another year or so to continue his development, but he could be a tantalizing upside pick in fantasy drafts.
Shaheen (chest) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Vikings. The rookie tight end will thus close out his first NFL season with three consecutive DNPs, capping off what was a reasonably successful initial foray into the NFL. Shaheen hauled in 12 of 14 targets for 127 yards and three touchdowns across 13 games, and his overall upside was undoubtedly capped to an extent by the Bears' inconsistent quarterback play and approach on offense at times. With a towering frame and ability to get downfield, he potentially has the tools to take a notable leap in Year 2.
Shaheen (chest) remained limited at practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Minnesota. Shaheen apparently has some chance to avoid a third straight absence to close out his rookie season, though he also was listed as questionable last week and didn't end up playing in a 20-3 win over the Browns. Dion Sims and Daniel Brown split snaps at tight end in that contest, combining to catch just one pass on four targets. The Bears once again figure to lean on their rushing attack and Kendall Wright, regardless of Shaheen's availability. The rookie second-round pick will be expected to handle a larger pass-catching role next year.
Shaheen (chest) was limited at practice Wednesday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Prior to absences in the last two games, Shaheen was listed as a limited participant in all three practices for both of the Bears' weekly injury reports. Without an increase in activity, he appears to uncertain to be available for the season finale Sunday against Minnesota.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||@Green Bay Packers||6||5.38|
|4||09/30||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||5.00|
|7||10/21||New England Patriots||15||6.42|
|8||10/28||New York Jets||23||7.25|
|13||12/02||@New York Giants||32||10.69|
|14||12/09||Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|15||12/16||Green Bay Packers||6||5.38|
|16||12/23||@San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||14||12||127||3||8||10.58||30|