If Adam Shaheen could overcome injuries and land regular targets from Mitchell Trubisky, he'd become a Fantasy dream. But the Gronk-sized tight end is used more as a blocker, less as a receiver (six targets in six games in 2018) and hasn't been available for 16 games yet in his NFL career. No one should draft Shaheen.
Shaheen has focused on maintaining his health this offseason, Hub Arkush of the Daily Herald reports. After missing three games as a rookie, Shaheen sat out 10 additional contests last year due to an ankle injury. While he's enjoying a healthy offseason, he'll try to maintain his standing as the Bears' second-string tight end. A strong preseason could help him earn playing time as a receiving option, especially if starter Trey Burton's recovery from sports hernia surgery lingers. For now, though, it's unlikely that Shaheen will be much of a fantasy factor to start the season.
Shaheen lost seven pounds during the offseason, focusing on flexibility and core strength in an effort to avoid future injuries, Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports. The 2017 second-round pick has missed 13 games through two NFL seasons, dealing with foot, ankle, chest and head injuries. Shaheen played the final five weeks of last season and then replaced Trey Burton (sports hernia) as Chicago's top tight end for a playoff loss to Philadelphia, but the 24-year-old acknowledges that he wasn't in the best shape at the time, still working his way back to full strength after he spent the first 10 weeks of the campaign on injured reserve. Shaheen had a nice opportunity for regular first-team snaps with Burton recovering from surgery during the offseason program, but the Bears expect their starter to be healthy before the end of training camp, likely relegating Shaheen to a role that primarily focuses on blocking.
Shaheen caught five of six targets for 48 yards and one touchdown over six games this past season. Shaheen suffered an ankle and foot sprain in August and it ended up costing him more than half the season. The 25-year-old saw an increased snap count in the Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles -- Trey Burton (groin) was sidelined -- but had only three receptions for 13 yards. The 2017 second-round pick has yet to produce much offensively but will look to change that in year three as Chicago's No. 2 tight end behind Burton.
With Trey Burton (groin) inactive, Shaheen is a candidate to see added opportunities in the Bears offense in Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Shaheen was limited to five catches on six targets for 48 yards and a TD in six games this season, but with Burton (who logged 54 catches and six TDs in 2018) out of the mix, Shaheen should see added looks Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder has some red-zone potential thanks to his frame, while Ben Braunecker and Daniel Brown are also on hand to provide the Bears with tight end depth in Burton's absence.
Shaheen wasn't targeted in the Bears' victory over the Vikings, and he finished the campaign with five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Shaheen missed the first couple months of the season after landing on injured reserve with foot and ankle injuries. Upon his return, he did get a number of looks in the red zone, but otherwise wasn't an integral part of the Bears' passing attack. Signed through 2020 and still on an upward career arc, he'll likely be used primarily as a blocker and red-zone weapon while Trey Burton continues to vacuum up the majority of targets in 2019.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/06||Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|7||10/20||New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|8||10/27||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|11||11/18||@Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|12||11/24||New York Giants||19||7.38|
|15||12/15||@Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|16||12/23||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||10||8||88||2||6||11.00||20|