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5 Chicago Bears Storylines to Follow During Training Camp

Chicago Bears: 5 Storylines to Follow During Training Camp

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With the start of the Chicago Bears’ training camp less than one month away, there are several questions that are still unanswered regarding the team’s roster. Many of the new faces that have been added to the team for 2014 could help Chicago get over the hump, but how much of a contribution they will give is unknown. As these five training camp storylines unfold, we’ll get a clearer picture of the Bears’ future.

5. Who Will Back Up Matt Forte?

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5. Who Will Back Up Matt Forte?

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Matt Forte is a player you never want to take off the field. Unfortunately, that’s an impossible thing to do in the NFL. Two-year veteran Michael Ford will have to worry about the Bears’ 2014 fourth-round draft pick Ka’Deem Carey when it comes to being the team’s No. 2 running back.

4. How Effective Will Rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton Be on D-line?

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4. How Effective Will Rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton Be on D-line?

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Chicago decided to beef up their defensive line with their second and third picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton will more than likely fall behind fellow defensive tackles Jeremiah Ratliff and Stephen Paea, but how the two rookies compete against Nate Collins will determine how much playing time they will get.

3. Will Jordan Palmer or Jimmy Clausen Be the No. 2 Quarterback?

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3. Will Jordan Palmer or Jimmy Clausen Be the No. 2 Quarterback?

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It appeared that Jordan Palmer had the No. 2 spot on the quarterback depth chart sewn up, but the Bears made a late addition in June by signing Jimmy Clausen. Palmer still may be penciled in as the primary backup for now, but if Clausen absorbs the playbook quicker than expected, Palmer could be at risk of getting demoted.

2. Who Will Start at Strong-side Linebacker?

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2. Who Will Start at Strong-side Linebacker?

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Lance Briggs will man the weak-side, and D.J. Williams will more than likely hold down the middle linebacker position. With that being said, all eyes will be on Shea McClellin and Jon Bostic for that starting strong-side spot. The winner of this battle will be determined by how well McClellin transitions from defensive end versus how much improvement Bostic shows from his rookie year.

1. Will the Safety Position Improve from 2013?

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1. Will the Safety Position Improve from 2013?

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The back end of the secondary could look completely different from 2013. With the recent signing of veteran Adrian Wilson, Ryan Mundy will have stiff competition for strong safety. Last year’s starter Chris Conte will have to worry about M.D. Jennings and rookie Brock Vereen for the free safety position.