Chicago Bears’ 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

The Chicago Bears' 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

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The Chicago Bears enter the 2014 season as possibly the best offense in the NFL. The team boasts talents such as wideouts Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, running back Matt Forte and quarterback Jay Cutler.
The Bears are no longer a defense-first franchise and would prefer to scorch opponents on the scoreboard. In fact, Chicago was the fifth-ranked pass offense despite losing their starting quarterback for most of the season.

5. M.D. Jennings

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5. M.D. Jennings

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I’m positive there aren’t many Chris Conte fans in Chicago. Jennings should get every opportunity to play and improve the play of a disastrous secondary. The defensive side of the ball has some exciting players for Chicago, but consistent play from vets like Jennings will be key. If he has a breakout season, the Bears' defense will be a top unit in the league.

4. Lamarr Houston

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4. Lamarr Houston

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The weak side of the Chicago defense will be anything but weak. Houston anchors the line and Lance Briggs bolsters the linebacking corps. The duo should wreak havoc on the blindside of opposing quarterbacks. Houston in his prime may be a better player than Julius Peppers in the twilight of his.

3. Willie Young

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3. Willie Young

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Young played on a crowded Detroit Lions defensive line and most only have a small sample size to judge his abilities. Regardless, he is an upgrade from the other options the Bears have. Although he didn’t get much playing time in Detroit, he is still talented and full of potential.

2. Marquess Wilson

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2. Marquess Wilson

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With the departure of Earl Bennett, Wilson will be expected to fill the gap at the third receiver slot. He hasn’t proved much in the early stage of his career, but his 6-foot-3 frame makes him an interesting target in the slot. With Jeffery and Marshall on the outside, Wilson should see many opportunities to impress Bears fans.

1. Kyle Long

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1. Kyle Long

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Although the Bears’ offensive line isn’t a strength, it isn’t the team's greatest shortcoming anymore either. As a rookie, Long looked impressive for a majority of the season. His pedigree and work ethic sets him up for success in 2014.


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