By Clyde A. Speller @ClydeASpeller on July 29, 2014
Training camp is now underway for the Chicago Bears, which marks the start of many position battles for numerous players. There are competitions for both starting and backup spots, and all are important to the success of this team. Here are the top five position battles for the Bears during their 2014 training camp.
Although Marquess Wilson has been penciled in as the No. 3 receiver, there are others who can give him a run for his money. Seasoned veterans Armanti Edwards, Josh Morgan, Michael Spurlock and Eric Weems all could use their experience in their favor to overtake the second-year Wilson.
Even though it will be hard to take Matt Forte off the field at any given time, the Bears will still have to decide who will back up the Pro Bowl running back. Either rookie Ka’Deem Carey or second-year pro Michael Ford will be given the privilege of spelling Forte during the regular season.
The late addition of Jimmy Clausen has not only given Jordan Palmer a reason to look over his shoulder, but it also has increased the possibility of rookie David Fales not making the 53-man roster. Given the injury history of Jay Cutler, the reliability of the Bears’ backup quarterback will be highly important.
Chicago’s middle linebacker spot is being held by D.J. Williams for now. However, Jon Bostic could be a threat to unseat Williams. Also, Bostic is even a stronger candidate to man the strong side. The second-year pro will have to compete with former defensive end Shea McClellin for the spot opposite defensive captain Lance Briggs.
It’s not just one, but both safety positions that are up for grabs. Neither spot is close to being etched in stone. The back end of the secondary is the most wide open competition in camp. Anyone from rookie Brock Vereen to 14-year veteran Adrian Wilson can find themselves in the starting lineup in Week 1. This battle probably won’t be settled until after the final preseason game.
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