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Bio box: Temple tight end Evan Rodriguez

On the field:

The Bears have been in need of a pass-catching tight end since trading

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Greg Olsen

last summer. Rodriguez is that, but the team hopes he also can block linebackers, seal the edge in the running game and be a vertical threat.

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Upside:

Rodriguez has lot of offense to learn, but if he can, he could be a three-down player and provide a boost in all phases. He's a purer receiver than

Kellen Davis

and will add a dynamic that didn't exist under

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Mike Martz
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.

Downside:

Rodriguez is undersized and isn't physically imposing, which will make him iffy as a blocker in the running game. He also comes with off-the-field baggage, but the Bears hope those issues are behind him.

Most resembles:

He likes to compare himself to the Patriots'

Aaron Hernandez

, who is about the same size and has similar speed. The Bears will be giddy if he can find similar success.

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