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 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.
Shaheen caught one pass off of two targets for four yards during Sunday's 14-9 win over the 49ers.
Sunday helped mark just the third time in his career that Shaheen caught a pass in back-to-back games. The Ashland product has not been what Chicago likely expected when he was drafted in the second round in 2017. Sideline for most of this season with a foot injury, Shaheen has fallen way behind fellow tight end Trey Burton and other young offensive weapons like Anthony Miller and Tarik Cohen. His regular season ends Sunday in a game with major playoff implications, a rematch with a Vikings team that held Shaheen catchless in his season debut in Week 11.
With Chicago playing this one conservatively, Shaheen was just one of two Bears to catch a pass longer than 20 yards, and he was also second on the team in receiving yards. With just four targets over his last three games, he'll be a touchdown-dependent fantasy option down the stretch.
Shaheen caught his short touchdown pass from Chase Daniel to put the Bears on the scoreboard in the first quarter, and he saw just one additional target during the remainder of the game. Primarily a blocking tight end, he'll likely continue to be a low-volume player, but his size and athletic ability give him the potential to score a touchdown at any time.