Braunecker hauled in one pass for eight yards in the Bears' 17-7 loss to the Rams on Sunday.
With Trey Burton (calf) on injured reserve and Adam Shaheen (foot) sidelined, Braunecker had his second-straight start and was targeted three times. With no Chicago tight end posting more than 24 yards in a game all season, even if Braunecker continues to start he'll be a low-upside fantasy option.
Braunecker caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Chicago's 20-13 win over the Lions on Sunday.
With Adam Shaheen inactive, Braunecker served as the primary blocking tight end. On Braunecker's touchdown, the coaching staff thought up a perfect play that left him isolated on the third-string free safety, and Mitchell Trubisky threw a perfect pass that allowed his tight end to find the end zone. This was just the second game all season in which he's caught a pass, making him a player who can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Braunecker caught two passes for 24 yards in the Bears' 16-14 victory over the Broncos on Sunday.
With Chicago running many formations of multiple tight ends, Braunecker saw three targets while Trey Burton was eased back into the lineup as he recovers from offseason groin surgery. As Burton sees an increase in playing time, Braunecker will become the Bears' third-string tight end, which likely won't carry much fantasy value.
Braunecker signed a two-year contract with the Bears on Monday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Braunecker has earned his keep as a special teams player and blocker over his three years with the Bears, but he's logged just seven receptions for 83 yards across that stretch. The 25-year-old will play a depth role behind Trey Burton (groin) and Adam Shaheen in 2019.
Braunecker finished the 2018 season with five receptions for 42 yards as the Bears' third-string tight end.
Braunecker has posted just 83 yards over his three years with the Bears, and he has yet to emerge as a fantasy option. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason, but unless he moves into a situation that allows him to be a full-time player, he won't be a fantasy option in 2019.
Braunecker caught one pass for 20 yards in Chicago's 34-22 win over the Lions on Sunday.
With Dion Sims missing this game due to a concussion, Braunecker took over the primary blocking tight end role for the Bears and caught his only target of the afternoon. It's unlikely he'll be a consistent fantasy factor, because Chicago rarely throws the ball to its tight ends not named Trey Burton.
Braunecker (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Braunecker sat out Chicago's win over the Bills in Week 9 due to a concussion, but appears on track to clear the league's concussion protocol and suit up against the Lions on Sunday. If Braunecker is good to go, expect him to receive most of his snaps on special teams.
Braunecker (concussion) will not play Sunday against the Bills.
Braunecker sustained the concussion last week against the Jets. It appears the 24-year-old didn't clear the league-manadated protocol for head injuries. Braunecker gets most of his snaps on special teams, and his absence is therefore unlikely to yield a significant amount of offensive work to another player.
Braunecker sat out Wednesday's practice with a concussion.
Braunecker suffered a concussion during the second half of Sunday's game against the Jets. The tight end will have to clear the league's concussion protocol before he's able to return to the field.
Braunecker is being evaluated for a concussion during the second half of Sunday's game against the Jets, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Braunecker must clear the league's concussion protocol in order to return Sunday, though a potential absence wouldn't have much of an impact on the Bears' offense, as the reserve tight end spends a majority of his time on special teams.
Braunecker wasn't targeted during the 2017 season, as he primarily played on special teams while seeing just four offensive snaps in eight games played.
Braunecker will be an exclusive-rights free agent, but if the Bears retain him, he'll likely struggle to see consistent playing time at tight end with Adam Shaheen and Dion Sims serving as the top two options at the position. He's posted just 41 receiving yards over 21 career contests.
Braunecker was promoted to the Bears' active roster from their practice squad Tuesday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Braunecker joins the Bears following the news of Zach Miller being done for the season following emergency leg surgery. Braunecker was originally waived by the Bears at the start of the regular season and will now serve as a depth option at tight end for the final stretch.
Braunecker signed with the Bears' practice squad Monday after clearing waivers, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Braunecker played 13 games last season, making four catches for 41 yards. With just one reception this preseason, it comes as no surprise that the Bears were okay with letting Braunecker go, since veterans Zach Miller and Dion Sims, along with 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen were filling their tight end corps.
Braunecker finished his rookie season with four receptions for 41 yards while being targeted in just three games.
Even though the Bears lost Zach Miller to injury in Week 11, Dan Brown took over as the primary receiving option at tight end while Braunecker saw very limited opportunity as a receiver. On the season, he caught four of six targets with a long reception of 14 yards. He's under contract with the team for one more year, and is often the case with young tight ends, he certainly could see improvement, so it's possible that he could eventually emerge into a viable fantasy option.
Braunecker caught one pass for 14 yards Sunday against the Titans.
Braunecker was targeted twice out of seven passes that went to three different Chicago tight ends. The rookie would need to have a productive game or two before being considered as a possible fantasy option.
Braunecker is slated to fill in as the Bears' pass-catching tight end after the team was forced to place Zach Miller (foot) on injured reserve, ESPN's Mike Clay reports.
Braunecker, an undrafted rookie out of Harvard, has recorded just one reception for eight yards on the year before Miller's injury. Logan Paulsen figures to split snaps with Braunecker at tight end, although the latter projects to claim most of the fantasy value as the pass-catching option. With quarterback Jay Cutler (shoulder) highly unlikely to play Sunday, Braunecker is in line to catch passes from Matt Barkley in Week 12 against the Titans.
Braunecker worked out on the side of practice on Thursday as he recovers from an ankle injury, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Braunecker is an undrafted rookie who faces an uphill battle to make Chicago's roster, as he's buried on the depth chart. The sooner he can return to action the better, and it appears he's nearing a return now that he's been able to at least work out on the side. Rob Housler and Gannon Sinclair will likely continue to see extra reps as long as Braunecker is out.
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