What are the Biggest Questions About the Chicago Bears This Offseason?

By Clyde A. Speller

What are the Biggest Questions About the Chicago Bears This Offseason?

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Even after a number of big-time free-agent signings, and eight valuable selections from the 2014 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears still have some questions that need to be answered headed toward the 2014 regular season. There is at least one uncertainty in each phase of the game, each of which will be crucial to the success of the Bears’ year. Here are the five biggest questions about Chicago this offseason.

5. Who Will Be No. 3 WR?

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5. Who Will Be No. 3 WR?

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Even with just two catches for 13 yards last season, Marquess Wilson is the favorite for the No. 3 receiving spot. However, his inexperience could possibly open the door for Domenik Hixon or Josh Morgan to snag that spot.

4. Who Will Be Kick/Punt Returner?

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4. Who Will Be Kick/Punt Returner?

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With Devin Hester down in Atlanta, the special teams has a huge hole in the return game. Michael Ford, Eric Weems, Chris Williams, Hixon and Morgan all are prime candidates for the kick and punt return duties. Having made the Pro Bowl in 2010, Weems seems to be the favorite on kickoffs, leaving Ford or Hixon as the best choices for punt returns.

3. Who Will Be No. 2 RB?

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3. Who Will Be No. 2 RB?

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Along with Ford, the Bears did add veteran Shaun Draughn and rookie Ka’Deem Carey to the backfield after releasing Michael Bush, but no one will really know who will be worthy enough to backup Pro Bowler Matt Forte until training camp.

2. Who Will Be Strongside/Middle LBs?

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2. Who Will Be Strongside/Middle LBs?

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We already know Lance Briggs has the weakside occupied. As for the strongside and the middle, there is no clear indication. No one knows how Shea McClellin will transition from defensive end, or if he’ll be good enough to start. It looks like D.J. Williams will have to battle second-year pro Jon Bostic for the middle.

1. Who Will Be the Starting Safeties?

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1. Who Will Be the Starting Safeties?

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By far, the safety position was the team’s biggest weakness in 2013. The Bears have signed and re-signed a total of four safeties this offseason, and selected another in the draft. However, the starting spots at strong and free safety are up for grabs. Right now, Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings and Chris Conte seem to be the front-runners for the jobs.

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