Bears’ second round pick Adam Shaheen’s limited contributions on offense has been a hot-button issue, but the rookie tight end more than tripled his workload in Sunday’s 33-7 victory in Cincinnati.
One week after playing a paltry nine snaps (24 percent) against San Francisco, Shaheen lined up for 32 of Chicago’s 76 attempted offensive snaps ( 42 percent) at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bears were technically credited with running 72 plays on Sunday.
Shaheen finished the game with four receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown. His 18-yard reception on third down in the first half tied for the Bears’ fifth longest play from scrimmage. When Zach Miller went down, we reported some stories that pointed to Shaheen taking on a bigger role as a pass-catcher. It perhaps took a little longer than expected but Shaheen seems to be trending up, but is probably still a little risky in typical leagues that start one TE.