The Chicago Bears announced on Twitter that they officially agreed to terms with TE Adam Shaheen. He was their second-round pick, after they took QB Mitch Trubisky in the first.
Shaheen played for Ashland, a Division II school, and he was the best TE at that level. He put up 867 yards on 57 catches, both of which led all Div II tight ends. In just 11 games, he scored 16 touchdowns. That was a single-season record at Ashland and it was better than any other tight end in college, regardless of division.
The Bears like his ability to score the most, clearly, hoping that he can eventually give Trubisky an excellent redzone target. Though the competition level was not as high as some may have liked, he clearly knew how to find the endzone, and tight ends in general are often very helpful for young quarterbacks. It was a need for the team, but this was also a pick meant to help develop the QB they traded up to draft.
He’s been called “Baby Gronk,” which gives him a lot to live up to. In an interview with Zach Prosba of Hero Sports, he said:
“I think my speed is definitely a big part of my game, but I’m more proud of my abilities to catch the ball and do what I need to do to help out the team.”
What the Bears need him to do to help out the team is catch that ball in the endzone, ending more drives in touchdowns and not field goal attempts.