Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for the Chicago Bears in 2014

Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for the Chicago Bears in 2014

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As training camp approaches, the Chicago Bears will have plenty of roster decisions to make and these five players are forcing coaches to look their way. Here is my list of five Bears that will be surprise starters in the 2014 season.

5. Shea McClellin, LB

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5. Shea McClellin, LB

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While McClellin has been taking all the first team snaps at strong side linebacker, it will still be surprising if he can become a mainstay as a starter. In his first offseason since being converted to LB from defensive end, McClellin has been raising eyebrows with his athleticism and awareness. Of course, he will still have plenty to prove when the team starts practicing with full pads. It would be remarkable to see him starting Week 1.

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 back-up in the event of an injury along the O-Line. With C Roberto Garza entering his 14th NFL season, there is a good chance he could get banged up along the way; in which case, de la Puente will get his chance. During the team's Mini Camp, de la Puente has been able to get first team reps while OG Matt Slauson was resting a shoulder injury.

3. Ego Ferguson, DT

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3. Ego Ferguson, DT

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While Ferguson figures to be part of the D-Line rotation, the Bears' second round draft pick will have a difficult time cracking the starting line up, though it would not be impossible. Ferguson has been putting forth great effort during the team's offseason activities and if he is able to produce early on during the season, he could conceivably take over for Jeremiah Ratliff, who is entering his 10th NFL season.

2. Brock Vereen, FS

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2. Brock Vereen, FS

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Although it is not surprising that the Bears will make a change at safety this season, not many thought it would be fourth round draft pick Brock Vereen that would get the nod. With his primary competition, Chris Conte, recovering from shoulder surgery, Vereen has been receiving all the first team reps during mini-camp alongside veteran Ryan Mundy. Having played both safety and CB in college, Vereen's versatility will earn him the starting nod.

1. Jon Bostic, LB

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1. Jon Bostic, LB

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Bostic was able to crack the starting lineup in 2013 due to injuries at the position, though he largely disappointed. Heading into his second NFL season, Bostic has shown improvement in his understanding and explosion towards the ball, though he is still expected to compete with veteran D.J. Williams at MLB. Williams is heading into his 11th NFL season and was injured in 2013. If Williams is slowed by injury, look for Bostic to fill in.

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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