Horsted caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 20-9 win over the Raiders on Sunday. Horsted functioned as the Bears' third tight end with Jesse James (personal) and J.P. Holtz (quadriceps) sitting this game out. It's unlikely that Horsted will see more than a handful of targets this season unless his situation changes drastically.
Horsted (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Horsted was questionable for the contest with a knee injury even after logging full practices throughout the week. Typically buried on the depth chart, Horsted will serve as the team's third tight end with both Jesse James (personal) and J.P. Holtz (quadriceps) ruled out.
Horsted (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Horstead logged a full workload at each practice this week, so he is certainly trending in the right direction Sunday. With Jesse James (personal) and J.P. Holtz (quadriceps) sidelined, Horsted would be the No. 3 tight end behind Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham should he ultimately get the green light.
Horsted caught all five of his targets for 104 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's preseason win over the Titans. The full extent of the 24-year-old's NFL resume is six games for the Bears in 2019, during which he caught only eight passes, but Horsted looked like Jimmy Graham in his prime Saturday. He displayed exceptional hands in grabbing a 20-yard pass from Justin Fields along the sideline between two defenders in the first half for his initial TD, and then the tight end topped himself in the second half by making a spectacular one-handed catch down the seam on a toss from Nick Foles before turning on the jets for a 54-yard score. In between, he brought home a six-yard touchdown from Foles on a slant route. Holsted still seems like a long shot for a 53-man roster spot given the Bears' depth at TE -- Graham, second-year man Cole Kmet and veteran Jesse James all seem like locks -- but this performance might give the coaching staff something to think about, as his size and skills could allow him to fill the same kind of move tight end/H-back role in Matt Nagy's scheme that Trey Burton turned into 569 yards and six TDs back in 2018.
The Bears signed Horsted to a reserve/future contract on Monday. Horsted appeared in six games with Chicago during the 2019 season, catching eight of 10 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown. The tight end reverted to the practice squad after his NFL debut, but Horsted will strive for an opportunity to see more game action in 2021.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||9.00|
|8||10/31||San Francisco 49ers||7||4.60|
|14||12/12||@Green Bay Packers||19||8.00|
|17||01/02||New York Giants||20||8.67|
|3 Year Avg||5||4||44||0||2||11.00||4|