5 Dark Horses Set To Impact Chicago Bears This Season

5 Dark Horses Set To Impact Chicago Bears' 2014 Season

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If the Chicago Bears hope to make a deep postseason run they may need to find help from unlikely places. While the final roster has yet to be finalized, here is the list of unlikely players who could be a big asset for the Bears this season.

5. Jordan Lynch, RB

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5. Jordan Lynch, RB

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While the former Heisman Trophy finalist may be a long-shot to make the final 53 man roster, Lynch has plenty of skills that would be welcomed on special teams. As the team's No. 3 RB, he would be expected to contribute on special teams, most likely in the return game. When he gets his hands on the ball good things tend to happen.

4. Brian de la Puente, OL

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4. Brian de la Puente, OL

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The Bears signed de la Puente during free agency in the hopes that he could serve as a quality backup for C Roberto Garza, who is entering his 14th NFL season. If the Bears suffer any injuries along the O-line, look for de la Puente to be able to fill in and help out in a big way.

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 in early June, the team had five QBs on their roster. Typically the team will not carry more than two QBs into the regular season, so if Clausen hopes to be around for awhile he will need to outperform the likes of Jordan Palmer and rookie David Fales. His impact could come if Jay Cutler was to go down with an injury again this season. Cutler has not played an entire 16 game season since 2009.

2. Christian Jones, LB

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2. Christian Jones, LB

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The Bears got a steal when they were able to pick up Jones after he went undrafted in May. Once upon a time Jones was a third-round draft prospect, though he reportedly failed a drug test during the Scouting Combine. Jones has stated since that the experience was "eye opening" and he is ready to work. If the Bears are bitten by the injury bug again in 2014, Jones could be a guy who could step up and fill in.

1. Chris Williams, WR/KR

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1. Chris Williams, WR/KR

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Williams is a 26-year-old rookie who has spent the past few seasons playing in the Canadian Football League. He was named the CFL's most outstanding rookie in 2011 and is in position to take over the return duties for the Bears. In 2012, Williams racked up five return TDs and added 11 as a receiver. Williams could easily help Bears fans get over the breakup with Devin Hester with an outstanding performance in 2014.

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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