Chicago Bears: 10 Early Candidates to Make the 2014 Pro Bowl

Chicago Bears: 10 Players Poised To Make Run At 2014 Pro Bowl

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In 2013 the Chicago Bears sent five players to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Heading into the 2014 season the Bears have plenty of talent on the roster to send just as many to the 2014 edition of the game. Here is the very early list of top candidates to be eligible to receive votes to the game.

10. Matt Forte, RB

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10. Matt Forte, RB

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Having made the Pro Bowl in two of the past three seasons, Forte is now a seasoned veteran and a perennial threat to make the Pro Bowl. Coming off a year in which he finished No. 2 in NFL in YDS (1,339), No. 4 in the NFL for Rush YPG (83.7), and No. 6 in the NFL for TD (9), Forte is set to have another spectacular year for the Bears under head coach Marc Trestman.

9. Brandon Marshall, WR

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9. Brandon Marshall, WR

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Marshall also made it to Hawaii last season after finishing the year with 1,295 yards receiving, with 12 TD's. Having made the Pro Bowl for 3 straight years, Marshall should have a great chance for another if QB Jay Cutler can stay healthy. With Alshon Jeffery playing opposite from him, Marshall should receive plenty of opportunities to pad out his stats.

8. Alshon Jeffery, WR

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8. Alshon Jeffery, WR

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Jeffery made it to the Pro Bowl last year as an alternate after an initial snub; I would assume that will fuel him to earn an actual invite this season. Jeffery emerged in 2013 with 1,421 receiving yards and 7 TDs. Much the same as with Marshall, if Jay Cutler is healthy there isn't much standing in his way to another Pro Bowl invitation.

7. Kyle Long, OG

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7. Kyle Long, OG

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Long was a surprise first round pick last season after starting only five games in college, though he more than proved his worth over the course of the season. Long made it to the Pro Bowl as an alternate in his first NFL season and should only get better with more experience. I would look for him to be a staple at the game for the next few years.

6. Tim Jennings, CB

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6. Tim Jennings, CB

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Jennings is yet another Bear that made the 2013 Pro Bowl as an alternate. Heading into the 2014 season I would look for him to play at a similar level this season after signing a new contract, and with healthy players around him. If the team can add some help at safety via the draft, Jennings should be a lock for the 2014 Pro Bowl.

5. Jay Cutler, QB

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Jay Cutler, QB

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Cutler has not been elected to the Pro Bowl since 2008 with the Denver Broncos, though this season will be his best chance since he was traded to Chicago. In the second season under Trestman the Bears' offense should be on pace for another record year. As long as Cutler can find a way to stay healthy he should have a great chance to visit Hawaii.

4. Lamarr Houston, DE

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4. Lamarr Houston, DE

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The Bears brought in Houston after allowing Julius Peppers to leave via free agency. Houston finished 2013 with six sacks and two forced fumbles for the Oakland Raiders. Playing alongside Jared Allen and on a team that figures to score a lot on offense, Houston is in position to have the best season of his career in 2014.

3. Jared Allen, DE

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Jared Allen, DE

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Allen finished 2013 with 11.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles for the Minnesota Vikings. Heading into 2014, Allen is in the same boat as Houston and the two figure to play a huge role in the turnaround for Chicago's defense. Allen should have no problem reaching double-digit sacks for the ninth time in his productive career.

2. Martellus Bennett, TE

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2. Martellus Bennett, TE

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Bennett is often forgotten about when listing the Bears offensive weapons, though he was able to rack up 759 yards receiving and five TDs last year. With defenses concerned with Marshall and Jeffery, Bennett should figure to get plenty of good looks in 2014.

1. Lance Briggs, LB

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Lance Briggs, LB

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Coming off a season that was cut short due to injury, Briggs is looking to make a statement this season. After finishing with the worst defense in team history last season, look for Briggs to be the anchor of a veteran group looking for payback from last season.

Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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