Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen says that after some initial apprehension, he feels confident about his role in new coordinator Mike Marz’s offense. That’s especially good news for the Bears because the tight end who already knows his role in Martz’s offense, Brandon Manumaleuna, is sidelined at the moment.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Manumaleuna, who previously played for Martz in St. Louis and was signed by the Bears on the first day of free agency, is sidelined during this weekend’s minicamp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Manumaleuna is expected to be at full speed at the start of training camp in August, but it’s not yet known whether he’ll be able to participate in any voluntary activities before then.
With Manumaleuna out, Olsen and Desmond Clark are getting plenty of reps at tight end, and Biggs reports that Olsen was also lined up in the backfield at times in Friday morning’s practice.