5 Bold Predictions for the Chicago Bears During Training Camp

Chicago Bears Training Camp 2014: 5 Bold Predictions

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Training camp is on the horizon for the Chicago Bears, and there are a number of battles to keep an eye on this summer. Some of these competitions will decide starters, while others will simply dictate who will make the 53-man roster. Though most predictions are easy to make regarding the roster, there are some that are much more difficult. Here are my five bold predictions for Chicago’s 2014 training camp.

5. Eric Weems Will Be Kickoff Return Specialist

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5. Eric Weems Will Be Kickoff Return Specialist

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Having spent the last couple of seasons behind the departed Devin Hester, Eric Weems should be the favorite to take over as the kickoff return specialist. Weems did make the Pro Bowl in 2010 as a return specialist, which puts him ahead the rest of the competition.

4. Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Christian Jones Will Make 53-Man Roster

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4. Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Christian Jones Will Make 53-Man Roster

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Christian Jones opened a lot of eyes during minicamp and should be presented with plenty of opportunities to show what he can do in pads during training camp and the preseason. If Jones does crack the 53-man roster, it could mark the end for second-year linebacker Khaseem Greene.

3. Adrian Wilson Will Start at Strong Safety

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3. Adrian Wilson Will Start at Strong Safety

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Even after coming off an Achilles injury, Adrian Wilson impressed the Bears enough to offer him a one-year deal this offseason. The only other competition for strong safety is Ryan Mundy, who doesn’t have a boatload of experience. If Wilson shows that he can stay healthy during camp, the starting position should be his.

2. Jordan Palmer Will Win No. 2 QB Spot Over Jimmy Clausen

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2. Jordan Palmer Will Win No. 2 QB Spot Over Jimmy Clausen

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The Bears made a late offseason move by adding Jimmy Clausen to the roster. Prior to that addition, it seemed that Jordan Palmer had the No. 2 quarterback spot locked up. Looking at Clausen’s rocky career and knowing that Palmer has more experience with Marc Trestman’s offense, things seem to be in favor of Palmer being Jay Cutler’s primary backup.

1. Brock Vereen Will Beat Out Chris Conte for Starting Free Safety Spot

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1. Brock Vereen Will Beat Out Chris Conte for Starting Free Safety Spot

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With a great chance of Chris Conte starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list, the door is wide open for rookie Brock Vereen to claim the starting free safety spot. Vereen took the majority of the snaps with the first team in minicamp and currently looks to be the favorite. With the potential lost time, Conte will have a lot of catching up to do.


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