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Spaeth doesn’t get credit he deserves

Posted by Larry Mayer on October 4, 2012 – 2:42 pm

Matt Spaeth doesn’t garner the same amount of attention as stars Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. But that doesn’t mean the tight end isn’t a valuable member of the Bears offense.

“He doesn’t get the credit he deserves,” Cutler said. “Week-in and week-out he’s a guy you can count on no matter what we ask him to do. He’s a grinder. He’s a hard worker and I really appreciate what he does out there for us.”

A sixth-year pro who spent four seasons with the Steelers before joining the Bears in 2011, Spaeth is an accomplished blocker. In Monday night’s win over the Cowboys, his pass-blocking helped render Cowboys Pro Bowl outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware a virtual non-factor.

“Matt is a role tight end, similar to what I was when I played,” said offensive coordinator Mike Tice. “He’s never going to go out and catch 12 balls. But he’s going to have a very important part in our run game, a very important part in our protection game.

“Every once in a while he’ll catch a crumb, and that’s just his role. But he’s very important in what we’re doing. We’re running the ball a lot with him in there. We’re play-actioning a lot with him in there, and then we utilized him a bunch in the chip game.

“His technique was better all week in practice last week. I thought he had his best practice, and he is one of the players that carried that over to the game, so we were pleased with his performance.”


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