CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Kellen Davis #87 of the Chicago Bears moves past Morgan Burnett #42 of the Green Bay Packers on his way to scoring a touchdown at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 27-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Rounding out the list of suggestions for Phil Emery to cut or keep is Kellen Davis at tight end. He was drafted in 2008, but played in Greg Olsen's shadow until this year. So should the Bears cut or keep him?
Tight end has become an increasingly important role in the NFL. To combat defensive schemes that more give wide receivers little room to breathe, large, agile tight ends are being used more often to catch passes. Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez distinguished themselves as reliable deep threats and players who can block, as well.
So where does that leave Davis? He has the size and hands to fit in to a tight end-heavy scheme. With Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator, Davis was limited because he wanted tight ends to block, not catch. But at Thursday's press conference, Lovie Smith indicted that under Mike Tice, the use of the tight end will change.
"As far as coming out this year, there are only so many receivers you can throw the ball to. You can choose to make it your wide receiver. Or you can make it your running back or your tight end. But there are only so many guys, there are only so many passes to go around. You have to be smart with how you distribute those."
Smith is convinced Davis can fill that role.
"I think if you want to feature Kellen Davis you can do that," Smith said. "Great size, great in-line blocker, skilled enough of an athlete to be able to move outside and do some things. I really like him."