5 Most Interesting Players to Watch During Chicago Bears’ Training Camp

5 Most Interesting Players to Watch During Chicago Bears' Training Camp

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The Chicago Bears' training camp begins on July 25 -- only 15 days from now. With it comes an amount of optimism not seen from fans in years, probably since the year after they went to the Super Bowl. The offense proved to be a top-five unit in 2013, and while the defense was one of the worst in the league, it's improved greatly this offseason.

All that said, who are the most interesting players to watch in camp this year?

5. Nate Collins

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5. Nate Collins

Nate Collins Chicago Bears
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I'm excited to see Nate Collins this year. Before tearing his ACL early in 2013, Collins was the Bears' best defensive tackle. Everyone is looking to see how Jeremiah Ratliff or their two rookies will do at the position, but if Collins reverts to his previous form, he'll be an extremely valuable member of the defensive line rotation as it tries to bounce back from a horrible year.

4. Shea McClellin

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4. Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin Chicago Bears
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It basically goes without saying that if Shea McClellin doesn't play at least halfway decently at LB, he's out after this season. He was a bust at DE, and is one of Phil Emery's only poor selections in the draft so far. Even if he plays well, it may not be enough for him to start. Lance Briggs, D.J. Williams and Jon Bostic should be the starters in 2014. But perhaps he can be a good backup and special teamer.

3. Michael Ford

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3. Michael Ford

Michael Ford Chicago Bears
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Michael Bush is out, which means the backup RB spot to Matt Forte is up for grabs. Second-year man Michael Ford was an absolute beast in the preseason in 2013, but he'll need to repeat that performance in camp and the games to win the No. 2 job. If he does win the job, we'll get to see who I think is going to be an excellent complimentary back who has a bright future.

2. Marquess Wilson

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2. Marquess Wilson

Marquess Wilson Chicago Bears
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The only other "big" question on offense for the Bears is who will win the slot receiver position? It appears this battle comes down to Marquess Wilson and the troubled Josh Morgan. What this means is that I really, really hope Wilson works out. He's got a lot of potential and brings a whole new element to the WR corps because of his speed. He could elevate this offense even higher if he's ready to contribute.

1. Brock Vereen

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1. Brock Vereen

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Finally, the most interesting player to watch for the Bears in training camp in 2014 will be rookie safety Brock Vereen. The reason for this is because of how bad the safety play was last year, and how desperately I want for Chris Conte to remain on the sideline. The Bears need a ball-hawking free safety and Vereen could be the answer. We'll find out in camp and the preseason.

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