The Chicago Bears’ 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

The Chicago Bears' 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

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The Chicago Bears have added some high-profile talent this offseason, though some of their familiar faces still have much to say on how this season turns out. Here are the five most intriguing players heading into 2014.

5. Shea McClellin, LB

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5. Shea McClellin, LB

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After spending two underachieving seasons at DE, the former first-round pick will make the move to linebacker this season. With the Bears adding DEs Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston playing time would have been scarce for McClellin, so the Bears added depth at linebacker. It will be interesting to watch McClellin and his progression as he battles Jon Bostic for a starting position at strong side LB.

4. Kyle Fuller, CB

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4. Kyle Fuller, CB

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The Bears first-round draft pick should get plenty of playing time this season, though the Bears are still determining at which position that will be. Right now the plan is to bring Fuller in at CB and slide starter Tim Jennings to nickel when the team goes into their nickel package. It will be interesting to watch if the team sticks to this strategy.

3. Jared Allen, DE

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3. Jared Allen, DE

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After 10 NFL seasons and 128.5 career sacks, Jared Allen agreed with the Bears on a four-year deal during free agency. One year after the Bears suffered a season with the worst defense in team history, the Bears will look to Allen to bring pressure on the QB which is something they were sorely missing last season. If Allen can generate double digit sacks for the Bears, they should have a much better season defensively.

2. Alshon Jeffery, WR

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2. Alshon Jeffery, WR

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Jeffery burst onto the NFL scene last year and was able to lead the Bears in receiving yards with 1,421 and added seven TDs. Playing opposite of Brandon Marshall, Jeffery should be able to draw some favorable match-ups, though he won't be as under the radar like he was last season. Teams will be preparing for both Jeffery and Marshall this season, which should lead to some very interesting match-up issues.

1. Jay Cutler, QB

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1. Jay Cutler, QB

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As is the case with most NFL teams, the Bears are relying on the health of their QB Jay Cutler in order to make the postseason. They were able to overcome injuries to Cutler last season in large part because backup Josh McCown stepped in and played brilliantly. Now without McCown behind him, Cutler will need to stay healthy and limit his turnovers for the Bears to be successful.

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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