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Chicago Bears new Tight End Duo included in PFF’s TE rankings

According to Pro Football Focus, tight end is perhaps the most challenging position to find top talent and takes the longest to develop at the NFL level. The four teams that reached the 2023 conference championships all had some of the best TEs in the NFL. The NFC North features several top-tier tight ends, and the Bears are no exception. With two TEs in the top 20 of PFF’s top 32 tight ends, the Bears have transformed their tight end room.

Chicago Bears new Tight End Duo included in PFF’s TE rankings

Analysis of the Bears Tight End Duo

Cole Kmet was the Bears’ golden boy at tight end, finishing just outside the top ten at 11. Drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Kmet has emerged as one of the NFL’s top TEs. Last season he set career highs with 73 catches for 719 yards. Additionally, PFF highlighted that Kmet has only dropped three passes over the past two seasons. Over the years, Kmet has improved his pass protection and ability to create separation, solidifying his role as the Bears’ three-down tight end. With a new partner in the TE room, Kmet has the potential to improve his game even further next season.

Newly acquired tight end Gerald Everett is ranked 19th on PFF’s TE list. PFF noted Everett’s exceptional ability to make defenders miss, with 45 forced missed tackles over the past three years. He will be an important addition to the team and provide starting quarterback Caleb Williams with a new threat. Not only that, but Everett will also be a big help to Kmet in learning to maximize yards after the catch.

Outlook

While Cole Kmet may not reach the level of Travis Kelce or George Kittle, he remains one of the best players in the NFL. He brings valuable leadership to a young team and continues to improve. The addition of Gerald Everett provides a dynamic 1-2 punch at tight end that will bolster the Bears’ offense. Kmet also praised Everett for his physical play and said the following.

“He’s a ruthless player in that aspect…He’s tough to bring down, and that adds a lot of power to an offense when guys do that. That’s something I try to base my game on as well: being hard to knock down and being physical with the ball in my hands, and he does that well. He is also a very explosive athlete.”

With several new pieces added to the attack, they will support each other in creating a formidable unit. Newly hired offensive coordinator Shane Waldron likes to manage 12 men, which means Kmet and Everett will be on the field together regularly. Both Kmet and Everett, with DJ Moore, Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze on the pitch, are a video game-like list of targets on offense. Having to guard all those playmakers gives Kmet and Everett time to work together and create a tight duo that the opposing defense can’t handle.

Related news: Caleb Williams’ unexpected ranking on PFF’s Quarterback Tier List

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