Kellen Davis' struggles were evident from the start of the Bears' loss to the Texans on Sunday night, when he lost a fumble on the first offensive play after catching a pass and taking a hit from ex-Bear Danieal Manning.
Two weeks ago, coach Lovie Smith praised Davis for his performance against the Panthers. Monday, Smith couldn't sugarcoat his tight end's play. Davis was targeted five times and had only one catch — the one he fumbled. He had at least two drops.
"It's pretty hard for guys to play at a certain level each week,'' Smith said. "(Sunday) night, he'll say it wasn't his best game. It's as simple as that. He'll come back this week."
Whether Davis rebounds or not, the Bears are expected to give rookie fullback Evan Rodriguez reps at tight end this week as they search for consistency at the position. Rodriguez opened eyes in training camp with his receiving ability and had three catches for 49 yards in exhibition play. He missed two regular-season games with a sprained MCL and hasn't caught a pass.
Rodriguez was drafted as a tight end. The fourth-round pick from Temple caught 69 passes for 871 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons with the Owls.