Garrett Wolfe has special talents

Garrett Wolfe's stellar special teams play earned him a spot on the Bears' roster. Dennis Wierzbicki/US Presswire

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It's unclear whether or not Garrett Wolfe will have a role in Mike Martz's offense.

But one thing that's abundantly clear; the Bears could not afford to live without Wolfe's invaluable contributions on special teams.

"Special teams are my thing," Wolfe said Monday. "I'm a three-phase starter on special teams, and I've always been a key contributor on special teams. That's something I want to continue to do."

The feeling around training camp was the Bears probably only would keep three running backs on the 53-man roster, and that from an offensive standpoint, Kahlil Bell had a superior summer. However, when the dust cleared over the weekend, both Wolfe and Bell made the team, along with four tight ends. Making the team solely on special teams merit is a tremendous accomplishment for any player, considering those specialists must be talented enough to make the active 45-man roster on gameday.

"I knew just about as much as everybody else," Wolfe said of being on the bubble. "I just went out every day and prepared to work hard and do the things necessary that [had] me here the first three years. I figured that should be enough to keep me around again.

"This will be my fourth year. I think the average NFL career is two [years]. I've been blessed beyond my wildest imagination, so I'm just happy to still have the opportunity to be here and compete at a high level."