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Who the heck is J.P. Holtz?

The Bears tight end is off to a hot start in Week 14

Chicago Bears tight end J.P. Holtz runs with the football in game action during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings on September 29, 2019 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UPDATE: The J.P. Holtz era appears to have peaked in the second quarter. He was not targeted again the rest of the game and finished with three receptions for 56 yards.

The Chicago Bears got on the board in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on an Allen Robinson touchdown, but a lesser known name was the big playmaker on the drive. Tight end J.P. Holtz caught three passes for 56 yards, including a season-high 30-yarder to set up Robinson’s five-yard touchdown pass.

So who exactly is Holtz? He’s pretty far down the depth chart. The Bears entered this season with hopes of Trey Burton and Adam Sheehan breaking out. They are both now on injured reserve and Ben Braunecker is the listed starter.

However, Holtz might be earning himself an extended role. He entered tonight’s game with two receptions for 23 yards but has appeared in ten games. Holtz entered the NFL in 2016 as an undrafted free agent and this marks his first extended opportunity on a 53-man roster. He has spent time previously on the Cleveland and Washington practice squads.