Bears tight ends say their time will come
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org August 27, 2012 10:54PM
Bears tight end Kellen Davis says he will be targeted more once the regular season begins. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: September 29, 2012 6:16AM
If the NFL truly is a copycat league, the Bears are trying to buck that trend.
Or they simply have spent the preseason hiding what was talked about at the start of training camp last month.
This was going to be an offense that allowed tight ends Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth to thrive in the passing game. Through the first three preseason games, however, it hasn’t been a tight-end-friendly offense.
Davis and Spaeth have combined for one catch and have been targeted only four times.
Quarterback Jay Cutler downplayed the looks the tight ends were getting in games last week, saying, “Just because the ball didn’t go to them last game or the preseason game before that, it’s really not an indication of what we’re going to do with those guys.’’
And Davis continued to dismiss the idea that the tight ends won’t be involved, hinting that things will change when the games start counting.
“When we gear up for the regular season, I’m sure I’ll get targeted more,’’ Davis said Monday. “It’s not something I’m overly concerned with.
‘‘I get enough balls in practice. I mean preseason games are preseason games, so it’s not anything I’m worried about.’’
The cuts continue
The Bears waived Harvey Unga, the former BYU running back who was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 supplemental draft.
He spent the 2010 season on injured reserve and last season on the reserve/left-team list.
That left the Bears with 75 players on the roster and a lot of tough decisions to make.
“We’ve gotten to see the guys in every situation,’’ coach Lovie Smith said, ‘‘a lot of video on them. So we have a good idea.
‘‘It’s hard knowing that you have to tell a guy that their dream is about to end. Yeah, that part is hard.’’
Defensive tackle Henry Melton kidded that the Bears’ defensive line was perfect and needed no further work before the start of the regular season, but his laugh after that statement gave him away.
In fact, the defensive line has looked far from perfect, especially on the initial push at the line on a run or a pass.
“Personally, I think we can always get better [at that],’’ Melton said.
“It’s not exactly where we want it right now, so that’s what we’re going to do.
‘‘We’ve got two weeks to prepare for the Colts, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to get better.’’