Chicago Bears: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up Their Game in 2014

Chicago Bears: 5 Players That Need to Step Their Game Up in 2014

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While the Chicago Bears have added a few key pieces this offseason to help make a title run, they will still need a few of their established players to step up in 2014 if they hope to succeed. Here are five starters who will need to take their game to the next level in 2014.

5. Jon Bostic, LB

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5. Jon Bostic, LB

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Bostic was able to see plenty of game action in 2013 after the defense was decimated by injuries, though, he largely under-preformed. Bostic will again get his shot in 2014, most likely when the Bears go into their nickel package because he has better speed than D.J. Williams. Bostic will need to shore up his game and come through when he gets on the field this season.

4. Jordan Mills, OT

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4. Jordan Mills, OT

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The Bears' 2013 fifth-round draft pick was the surprise of the 2013 season. Mills started all 16 games alongside fellow rookie Kyle Long. Mills suffered a foot injury in the team's Week 17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and will need to show that he can rebound from injuries during his second NFL season. Continuity along the O-line is key to the Bears' success and Mills will need to improve the finer points of his game heading into 2014.

3. Alshon Jeffery, WR

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3. Alshon Jeffery, WR

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Now Jeffery did make the Pro Bowl in 2014 while leading the team in receiving yards in 2013, so how much better can his game get? This is the question that Jeffery needs to answer in 2014. If Jeffery is able to replicate his success from last season, he will prove that he is a legitimate top receiver in the NFL and that 2013 was not just a fluke season.

2. Jay Cutler, QB

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2. Jay Cutler, QB

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The biggest question surrounding Cutler heading into the 2014 season is whether he can stay healthy for an entire season. Cutler has not played all 16 regular season games since 2009 and the Bears will need him healthy if they hope to do damage in the playoffs. Now in his second year of Marc Trestman's offense, Cutler should be able to preform at a higher level than last season.

1. Shea McClellin, LB

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1. Shea McClellin, LB

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McClellin will make his debut at linebacker when the Bears open the 2014 season. The former first-round draft pick underwhelmed at defensive end, forcing the team to make the switch to LB in hopes that he will be able to rush the QB better without his hand in the dirt. If McClellin cannot step his game up this year, the Bears will be in a tough spot as they are short on depth at linebacker.

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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