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Sports

Shaheen enjoying chemistry with Trubisky

tight end getting acclimated to NFL life

H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com
Chicago Bears tight end Adam Shaheen runs after catching a pass during drills at rookie mini camp at Halas Hall Friday, May 12, 2017 in Lake Forest.
H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Chicago Bears tight end Adam Shaheen runs after catching a pass during drills at rookie mini camp at Halas Hall Friday, May 12, 2017 in Lake Forest.

LAKE FOREST – As excited as Adam Shaheen is to be a second-round pick in the middle of Bears rookie minicamp, he may be more thrilled about the Chipotle by the rookies’ hotel.

“There’s one like right across the street. It’s like the next light down. It’s a two-minute drive,” he said with a smile after Saturday’s practice at Halas Hall.

Shaheen said he’s already been to Chipotle both nights, and somewhat famously went there often at Ashland University as he transformed into a 278-pound tight end.

In Lake Forest, he is sharing a room with Mitch Trubisky and getting a head start on chemistry with the quarterback.

“You know, from personal experience I had a great relationship with my quarterback from Ashland. And so I think it’s huge, having that off-field relationship,” he said. “I think it builds a trust on the field.”

Trubisky and Shaheen connected several times during Saturday’s session at rookie camp, where the 6-foot-7 tight end certainly stands out.

“Just to be as up to speed as I can with all the things that are going in, all the plays, all the different techniques and everything,” he said about his weekend goals. “Really just trying to bring myself up to that level so I can have the potential of having an opportunity to be productive.”

Skill set-wise, Shaheen said he wants to show, “The mentality of putting my hat on somebody, as well as being able to use that size to catch the ball, and having sure hands.”

For those curious, Shaheen gets a burrito at Chipotle with “extra, extra white rice,” double chicken and “just a little bit of corn.”

Regretting old tweets: Shaheen was asked about old tweets of his that surfaced the night he was drafted. One of those tweets criticized former President Barack Obama.

“I was a dumb teenager,” Shaheen said. “… If I had the maturity I do now, I would have recognized that there could be some potential problems and would understand the element of things and wouldn’t have obviously put it out there for everyone to go through on draft night.”

Cohen as a returner: Special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers knows that Eddie Jackson, when fully healthy, can contribute in the return game, but rookie running back Tarik Cohen is getting looks, too.

“We had tape of one of his returns last year, which he scored, but it got called back,” Rodgers said Saturday. “You know, he’s fast. He’s got verified speed. He’s got quickness. Size-wise, he’s short, but he’s not thin. He’s a little bit thicker. For a shorter guy, he’s got big hands and that will help. Some guys who are shorter have smaller hands, smaller arms, things like that. So there’s not as much surface space for a guy to catch. We like his athletic traits.”

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