A year ago he was one of the hot topics of the offseason and training camp as Fendi Onobun appeared ticketed for a roster spot after some standout performances.
Then he faltered in preseason with suspect pass-catching abilities, was cut after the fourth preseason game and spent the year on the Bears’ practice squad.
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But his hands remained a problem and the Bears released Onobun after a number of dropped passes during this week’s minicamp, including several on Thursday alone.
The move leaves the Bears with just four tight ends, too few for training camp, and at least one more is expected to be added.
Conte sent home
Safety Chris Conte’s difficult offseason didn’t get any better this week as the Bears sent him home with an illness undisclosed other than coach Marc Trestman calling it “contagious,” although nothing regarded as serious.
Conte underwent shoulder surgery after a dismal 2013 season and is suddenly in an uphill battle to reclaim his starting position from rookie Brock Vereen, the Bears’ fourth-round draft pick and a fixture with the No. 1 defense through much of this offseason.