Tight end Fendi Onobun’s stock hasn’t dropped, coaches say
ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter August 14, 2013 9:42PM
Updated: August 14, 2013 11:13PM
BOURBONNAIS — One play overshadowed many for tight end Fendi Onobun in the Bears’ exhibition opener last week against the Carolina Panthers. He dropped a guaranteed touchdown in the second quarter, raising his concerns about becoming a legitimate receiving option.
But in the Bears’ eyes, it was one mistake during an otherwise solid day, and he’ll continue to get ample looks Thursday against the San Diego Chargers. He still has the lead on others for the third tight-end spot.
“He was really good with everything if you look at the whole picture of the game,” tight ends coach Andy Bischoff said. “We continue to be happy with how he’s developing. Certainly everybody would love to make that play in that moment, and we feel like he will.”
Onobun was on the field for 26 snaps — 18 on offense and eight on special teams — against the Panthers. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said he did a very nice job when it came to ‘‘situation blocking.’’
Onobun’s eight plays on special teams also were the most of any tight end. He’ll get the same opportunities against the Chargers.
“It’s something that’s newer for him, and it’s a process,” Bischoff said. “We made it very clear from the start of this deal that how many tight ends are on this roster is going to directly reflect their special-teams play. They know it’s important. He knows it’s important.”