5 Chicago Bears Players Climbing the Depth Chart During OTAs

Chicago Bears: 5 Players Climbing the Depth Chart During OTAs

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With OTAs wrapping up for the Chicago Bears, a few players have been able to set themselves apart from their competition on the depth chart. With plenty of offseason activities still to come, here is a list of five players who are currently climbing the depth chart for the Bears.

5. Brian de la Puente, C

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5. Brian de la Puente, C

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The Bears brought in de la Puente to be the heir apparent to C Roberto Garza, though with left guard Matt Slausen sidelined with an injury he has been able to get plenty of reps during OTAs. While Slausen will most likely get the starting nod once again when he returns, de la Puente is starting to play his way into the conversation for replacing Garza earlier than planned.

4. Brock Vereen, S

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4. Brock Vereen, S

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With no clear starter at the safety position, Vereen has been able to get plenty of first team reps during OTAs. The Bears' 2014 fourth-round draft pick is expected to compete for a starting spot, and after the horrific play from the safety position last season, many fans are hoping for a change here before Week 1. Vereen's main competition will come from veteran Chris Conte, who is currently rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery.

3. Jimmy Clausen, QB

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3. Jimmy Clausen, QB

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After the Bears signed Clausen to a one-year deal last week, former practice squad QB Jerrod Johnson began taking reps as a CB on punt returns. This could be sign that rookie David Fales will be relegated to the practice squad instead while Clausen and Jordan Palmer duke it out for the No. 2 QB spot. With limited time in the Bears' system, Clausen has already impressed coaches with his football knowledge and personal interviews.

2. Shea McClellin, OLB

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2. Shea McClellin, OLB

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McClellin has been impressive thus far in OTAs after making the move from DE to linebacker. The former first-round draft pick is taking to his new position quicker than most people had anticipated, which is making the Bears' decision to start him or not a very easy one to make. McClellin has been taking most starting reps as the strong side linebacker, a position where the Bears desperately needed depth.

1. Jon Bostic, ILB

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1. Jon Bostic, ILB

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With the success of Shea McClellin at strong side linebacker, Bostic has been moved into the middle to compete with D.J. Williams for the starting middle linebacker position. While Williams has more experience, Bostic is quicker and more explosive. If he can learn to shed blocks and take the correct line to the ball carrier, Bostic should be able to overtake Williams for the right to start.

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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