The Bears either have an addition for their growing mass known as the wide receiver corps, or someone who could challenge some other undrafted free agents for a possible third or fourth tight end roster spot.
Wide receiver Jesper Horsted of Princeton was signed on Monday as an undrafted free agent after the Bears released Northwestern offensive lineman Tommy Doles. The Bears are listing Horsted as a tight end, so it is apparent he'll be moved.
Horsted is listed at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and is coming off a 72-catch, 1,047-yard season with 13 touchdowns as a wide receiver. He made 92 receptions for 1,226 yards and 14 TDs in 2017. In four seasons he made 196 catches for 2,703 yards and 28 TDs, and last year his totals led the Ivy League in receptions, yards and TD catches.
There is a strong possibility Horsted will be put into the tight end battle with
The website Draft Wire.com talked to Hicks before the draft about whether he would consider switching positions and he said, "Heck yeah. If a team wants me to play that, I’m more than happy to. I haven’t had a ton of experience, I did line up playing slot this year, but I’m certainly open to it and I’m even bigger than I’m listed on the roster now so for sure. If a team wants to put me there, I’m ready for it."
The Bears had already signed undrafted free agent tight ends Dax Raymond from Utah State, Ellis Richardson from Georgia Southern and Ian Bunting from California. Raymond displayed good hands in several of the drills at rookie minicamp earlier this month.
They have Adam Shaheen, Trey Burton and Ben Braunecker as the first three tight ends under contract for the 2019 season.
Letting Doles go is a bit of a surprise considering they had watched him during rookie camp as an invitee and then signed him after it ended, but then released him without another practice.