Mitch Trubisky photo credit: Mark Busch (Shaw Media)
Mitch Trubisky photo credit: Mark Busch (Shaw Media)

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Do you think the Bears have reason to be concerned with both guys atop the TE depth chart? Burton with his mental/physical issues and Shaheen with repetitive injuries? Dax Raymond isn't enough as a security blanket in my opinion. Submitted by Joseph Felicelli

Joe, Trey Burton has no “mental” or “physical” issues that I’m aware of.

He started all 16 regular-season games and his 54-569-6 receiving was less than superlative but almost equal to the 60-662-6 the Bears got from all four of their tight ends combined in 2017.

He was exactly as advertised, although I would hope he can get that average per catch up in the 13.0-yard range this season and add a few more big plays.

The groin injury he suffered just prior to the wild card game that left him inactive was unfortunate but should be completely healed already.

The silly idea that there was any mental component to it was completely without basis and unfair. There was absolutely no reason to believe he missed that game for any reason but an unfortunate injury.

I do think there has to be some concern about Adam Shaheen.

I don’t think anyone should be giving up on him, as he was always going to be a three-year project trying to make the leap from tiny Ashland College to the NFL.

But Shaheen has to arrive this year, and his inability to stay healthy is a minor concern. To be completely honest, when he has been healthy, he hasn’t really displayed any special qualities other than his great size.

He has demonstrated nice athleticism for his size, but he hasn’t shown any unique athletic ability, speed or quickness as he compares to other NFL tight ends.

At the moment, Ben Braunecker is actually the security blanket — still not enough — and though we liked Dax Raymond a lot at PFW and designated him as a strong potential sleeper all the way back in late January, I was disappointed they didn’t address the position with a stronger prospect with a draft pick.

Are you a fan of Pace trading up for a RB in the 3rd? Knowing RBs don’t hold as much value as they used to (see Howard trade) and the lack of draft pics. Submitted by Mr. Dane

I am a fan of the Bears drafting David Montgomery and knew going into the Draft they’d have to trade up to get him as he wasn’t lasting until 87.

It is disappointing that he in essence cost them a 3, 4 and 5, but they do get a sixth- or fifth-rounder (conditional) back next year in the Jordan Howard trade.

There will be more than three starting running backs to come out of this Draft, but there were only three – Montgomery, Josh Jacobs and Miles Sanders – you could be comfortable going into the Draft would be likely to start as rookies, and the Bears had to get one. And I would add I like Montgomery more than Jacobs right now, although not quite as much as Sanders.

If the Bears roster was where it was at a year ago, I’d be more concerned about the price, but the reality is right now the Bears do have one of the more talented young rosters in the league, they were only losing two starters to free agency this year in Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan and right now the only apparent significant free agent risks for 2020 are Danny Trevathan, Cody Whitehair, Roy Robertson-Harris and Jonathan Bullard.

If ever there was a time they could afford to have a few less picks, it was this season.

All of that said, I would ALWAYS rather accumulate Draft Picks than spend extras on one player.

Why did the Bears pass on Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. Submitted by David Armagast

David, Gardner-Johnson went with the third pick of the fourth round, so the only player the Bears passed on him for was Montgomery, and with the comparative strengths of their running back and safety groups, I think its pretty obvious why they passed on him there – they thought Montgomery was a better player at a position of much greater need.

You should also note that Gardner-Johnson was the ninth safety off the board – although the Jaguars did reach outrageously for Quincy Williams at the back of the third round – whereas Montgomery was the fourth running back, and that every team in the league passed on him multiple times.

All of that said, I haven’t had a look at the Bears Draft Board, nor do I know what’s in Ryan Pace’s head, so I can tell you exactly why they would or wouldn’t pass on any player.

In this case it just seems somewhat obvious.

Based on measurables and comments following the draft, it sounds like Duke Shelley is a Bryce Callahan clone. Thoughts? Submitted by M. J. Russo

For starters, M.J., you’re right, although Shelley appears to time a little faster. Unfortunately, I can’t really tell you anymore than that because I have to be completely honest: Shelley was one of the few kids picked that I hadn’t seen or read about prior to the Draft and I don’t have a scouting report on him — well at least we didn't until Wednesday.

I’d feel worse, but none of the other guys I respect had reports on him either. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a good — or even great — pick; I just have to admit I haven’t seen his tape.

Are you surprised there wasn’t a single QB among the Bears UDFAs? Are the Bears going to camp with just 3 QBs on the roster? Submitted by Daenerys Tarkanian

Yes, but only because I don’t think Tyler Bray has any practice squad eligibility left. The rules on that are a moving target, and I could be wrong, but if I’m right the Bears will sign a QB — preferably before training camp — but certainly before the start of the regular season to have a third signal caller who’s familiar with the playbook in the event of a disaster.

I don’t expect them to carry three QBs, so they will have to sign someone who can make the practice squad.

Ryan Pace did he say he hopes Chase Daniel is with the team for a long time, so I’m not surprised they’re not worried about developing a younger player right now.

It seemed like the Bears open up a good amount of money with restructuring some contracts, yet didnt use it all. What happens to that extra capital? Submitted by Nick Helgeson

Nick, you always need some cap space in reserve.

The Bears needed to keep some money to sign their draft choices and undrafted rookie free agents, and they may still consider signing another veteran free agent or two, like CB Kayvon Webster, who was in Chicago this week for a meeting/workout.

There are some very good veterans, like Ndamukong Suh, Ziggy Ansah, Jamie Collins, Morris Claiborne, etc., available, and although I don’t see any of those guys as Bears, you never know and without the cap space you can’t bring them on.

They would also be able to use unused cap space by extending the contracts of players with three or more years already fulfilled off their rookie deals. Cody Whitehair is the most likely suspect, but Roy Robertson-Harris and Aaron Lynch are others in that category.

Lastly, some unused cap space at the end of the league year next February can be rolled over to expand their 2020 cap number.