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Chalk Talk: Who will be top tight ends available?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

It's pretty evident the Bears need to address the tight end position this offseason. Who are some of the best tight ends available in free agency and the draft?
Edward T.
Evanston, Illinois

The website NFLTradeRumors.com lists five tight ends among its top 100 free agents-to-be this offseason. They are the Falcons' Austin Hooper (No. 17 overall), the Chargers' Hunter Henry (No. 18), the Colts' Eric Ebron (No. 43), the Panthers' Greg Olsen (No. 74) and the Bengals' Tyler Eifert (No 97). In terms of the draft, the top five prospects according to CBSSports.com are Notre Dame's Cole Kmet (No. 39), Purdue's Brycen Hopkins (No. 45), Washington's Hunter Bryant (No. 55), Vanderbilt's Jared Pinkney (No. 63) and Oregon's Jacob Breeland (No. 97).

Who do you think was the Bears' MVP for the 2019 season?
Steve N.
Arizona

The Bears had four players named to the Pro Bowl in outside linebacker Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson. But to me, their MVP in 2019 was receiver Allen Robinson. I feel he was the most consistently reliable and productive player on the roster, catching 98 passes for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns for an offense that struggled much of the season.

What is the largest deficit the Bears have ever overcome to win a game?
Stan D.
Merrillville, Indiana

The largest deficit the Bears have overcome in a game they've won is 20 points, something they've accomplished twice. The first was a 27-26 victory over the Buccaneers on Oct. 25, 1987 in Tampa. The Bears trailed 20-0 following the first quarter and rallied with four touchdowns on rushes of 38 yards by running back Neal Anderson and 1 yard by quarterback Jim McMahon, McMahon's 6-yard pass to Anderson and Dennis McKinnon's 65-yard punt return. The second time the Bears rallied from 20 points down was on Oct. 16, 2006 when they turned a 23-3 third-quarter deficit into a stunning 24-23 win over the Cardinals in Arizona on Monday Night Football. The Bears scored touchdowns on fumble returns of three yards by safety Mike Brown and 40 yards by cornerback Charles Tillman and Devin Hester's 83-yard punt return. It was the largest deficit erased by a team in NFL history without the benefit of an offensive touchdown. I'm sure you remember that was the night that then-Cardinals coach Dennis Green learned "the Bears are who we thought they were!"

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