Adam Shaheen's role isn't expected to grow exponentially in 2018, but he should overcome the paltry rookie stats he had in 2017. The Bears added tight end Trey Burton, but he figures to line up all over the formation while Shaheen plays in a more traditional tight end role. It caps Shaheen's potential for a breakout second season and instead makes him a touchdown-or-bust tight end you might consider off waivers.
Shaneen has been diagnosed with a low-ankle sprain but has not been ruled out to play Week 1, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Shaheen is still undergoing further testing on the injury, but it appears that the tight end avoided a serious ankle injury. Expect an update on Shaheen's timetable to come at some point later this week.
Shaheen will undergo further testing after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, Brad Briggs of The Chicago Tribune reports. Shaheen made one catch for five yards before exiting Saturday's game. The severity of the injury, which will be known within the next few days, will impact the 2017 second-round pick's ability to battle Dion Sims (concussion) for the No. 2 TE gig behind Trey Burton. Shaheen's coming off a mild rookie campaign of 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns, and will be an afterthought in the fantasy realm as long as Burton is on board.
Shaheen injured his ankle and is doubtful to return to Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Shaheen appeared to injure his right ankle after catching a five-yard pass from starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the first quarter. The tight end was able to work his way over to the sidelines, but Shaheen was eventually carted to the locker room. We should know more about the severity of his injury in the coming days.
Shaheen caught three passes for 53 yards in Thursday's game against the Bengals. Shaheen caught all of his passes on a single drive with the second-team offense, including a 29-yard catch and run on a crossing pattern. Despite the team having signed Trey Burton to a big contract, Shaheen figures to be a full-time player based on his ability as an in-line blocker. Although it's unlikely he'll be a starting-caliber fantasy option, he'll be a player to watch in the event he becomes a bigger part of the Bears offense than expected.
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.
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|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|
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