Maybe he’s not dynamic, but Kyle Adams is dependable
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter August 26, 2013 10:19PM
Updated: August 26, 2013 10:30PM
Though he’s not the ‘‘dynamic’’ tight end every NFL offense craves, Kyle Adams could be the odd man in for the Bears.
While mildly protesting the idea that he’s not a dynamic tight end along the lines of teammate Martellus Bennett, Adams, an undrafted free agent in 2011 from Purdue, could squeak on to the roster for the third year in a row — by being dependable and versatile.
‘‘I do whatever the coaches ask me; I think I bring a lot to the table,’’ said Adams, who played in 15 games last season and had four receptions for 40 yards.
‘‘I think I’m pretty dynamic — in my own mind. Whatever I can do. I think it’s easy to find a role. It’s a great offensive staff and a great offense.’’
Adams is one of four tight ends on the roster after the Bears cut Gabe Miller and Leonard Pope on Sunday. If they keep fullback Tony Fiammetta, it’s likely only Adams or Fendi Onobun will make the 53-man roster.
Next up: The Bengals
Coach Marc Trestman said quarterback Jay Cutler and ‘‘close to all of the starters’’ will not play in the preseason finale Thursday against the Browns at Soldier Field. Instead, they’ll be gearing up for the season opener against the Bengals on Sept. 8 at Soldier Field.
Trestman, whose Montreal Alouettes in the CFL played two preseason games, said the goal is to keep the starters healthy.
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton and wide receiver Earl Bennett, both recovering from concussions, did not practice Monday. Melton, though, is running and seems to be closer to returning than Bennett, whom Trestman listed as day-to-day.
‘‘Henry ran [Monday],’’ Trestman said. ‘‘He’s going to run [Tuesday] and Wednesday and pick up that running significantly.’’
Middle linebacker D.J. Williams (calf) worked out lightly in drills.
‘‘It’s still day-to-day, but there is progress,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘We’re optimistic he’s going to be close.’’
Offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (knee), defensive tackle Corvey Irvin (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) also did not practice.
Blanchard out indefinitely
Third-string quarterback Matt Blanchard, who suffered a fractured knuckle on his left (non-throwing) hand Aug. 15 against the Chargers, still doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return to practice, even after seeing specialists.
‘‘It’s disappointing, but I think maybe by the end of the week or in a couple of days we’ll figure out exactly how we’re going to attack this,’’ Blanchard said.
‘‘The plan is to get me in a soft cast and let me do mobility and keep the blood flowing to the [affected] area and try to cut my recovery time down as short as possible.’’
With Blanchard out, Jordan Palmer will start against the Browns. Trent Edwards also will play.