5 Chicago Bears Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

5 Chicago Bears Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

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As the Chicago Bears begin OTAs, it's time to evaluate possible weak spots in their lineup. Although they have made plenty of moves to help shore up their defense this season, there are still a few trouble areas. Here is the list of five starters who will struggle in 2014.

5. Jeremiah Ratliff

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5. Jeremiah Ratliff

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Ratliff is penciled in right now as a starting defensive tackle, though, with two young draft picks behind him, his starting role may be in jeopardy. At 32 years old and entering his 10th NFL season, time may start to catch up to Ratliff and hold him back this season.

4. Jon Bostic

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4. Jon Bostic

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Bostic is the odds-on favorite to win the starting role as the strong-side linebacker heading into Week 1. In a relief effort last season, Bostic struggled to keep pace at the NFL level as he was constantly out of position or slow to get off a block. He will need to adjust his game to succeed in 2014.

3. Jordan Mills

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3. Jordan Mills

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After a very successful rookie campaign in 2013, Mills will need to take his game to another level in 2014. With a fellow second-year player next to him in Kyle Long, Mills cannot rely on help all the time and will need to keep his skills sharp in 2014.

2. Roberto Garza

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2. Roberto Garza

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Now in his 14th NFL season, the anchor of this Bears offensive line, Garza will be fighting an uphill battle with age. Though he has shown no signs of slowing down yet, injuries may begin to pile up for the 35-year-old veteran.

1. Ryan Mundy

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1. Ryan Mundy

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Although no official announcement have been made as to who will start at safety this season, Mundy is a very likely candidate for the job. Coming off a season with only one interception, he will need to step his game up if he wants to avoid the ire of Bears fans everywhere.