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Davis expected to have expanded role

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 29, 2012 – 2:36 pm

With Mike Tice replacing Mike Martz as Bears offensive coordinator this season, it’s no secret that tight ends are expected to be more involved in the passing game.

“Tight ends are the No. 1 reads and the No. 2 reads on a lot of passing plays now and a lot of the quick-game stuff will be good for us,” said tight end Kellen Davis.

The likelihood that Davis would be more involved in the offense was a big reason he chose to re-sign with the Bears in March after attracting serious interest elsewhere in free agency.

“I enjoy getting the ball,” Davis said. “It’s always fun and it amps me up, but I like run blocking too, especially if we can open up a big hole. Anytime we can get big plays, I’m up for that, especially when they’re going to me.”

Used predominantly as a blocker and a red-zone threat as a receiver last season, Davis led the Bears with five touchdown receptions while catching only 18 passes for 206 yards.

The 6-7, 267-pounder has appeared in all 64 games with 20 starts in four seasons since arriving in 2008 as a fifth-round pick from Michigan State, catching 28 passes for 300 yards and nine touchdowns.

Coach Lovie Smith is a big Davis supporter, saying during the offseason that he boasts great size, is a great in-line blocker and is “skilled enough as an athlete to be able to move outside and do some things.”


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