By Ricardo Guzman @rcky_guzman on August 5, 2014
The Chicago Bears are nearing the end of training camp and the beginning of preseason exhibition games. Here are 10 takeaways from training camp thus far, in no apparent order.
Yesterday's events with Kyle Fuller is the third event of its type for Martellus Bennett to be a part of since his arrival in Chicago. This may not be a bad thing. He is an emotional guy that wants to win every single game and down.
Marquess Wilson going down with a fractured clavicle has handcuffed the front office into looking for another viable option at wide receiver. Former Bear Earl Bennett is a popular candidate, because he knows the offense. Veteran guys like Santonio Holmes and Ben Obomanu have been worked out since the Wilson news has come out.
Jordan Palmer is listed as the backup quarterback on the first unofficial depth chart, with Jimmy Clausen listed behind him. There have also been rumors of Kyle Orton possibly making his return to the Bears to back up Jay Cutler, the guy who he was traded for.
The 2012 19th overall draft pick has made the switch to outside linebacker after two unproductive seasons at defensive end. McClellin has become leaner in an attempt to keep up in pass coverage. He is listed as the strong side backer with little competition.
Jon Bostic and D.J. Williams are listed as co-starters at middle linebacker. Last season, Bostic got his chance after Williams ruptured his pectoral. The audition was not completely successful and now they are both left to win the job.
After the scuffle between Martellus Bennett and Kyle Fuller, Marc Trestman ended practice early. In his second year as head coach, Trestman's coaching identity is coming into full affect. He has made it clear that the team is a family and some things will not be tolerated.
Rookie safety Brock Vereen has the free safety starting job in his hands. He has M.D. Jennings and Ryan Mundy, who was seen taking reps at free safety, on his tail for the job. Preseason play could very well be where he wins or loses the job.
Now with Ryan Mundy moving over to the other safety spot, Adrian Wilson is a must start. He was not signed to mentor draftees and sit on the sideline. If he does not start at strong safety by preseason's end, he should be released.
The Bears had one of the top offenses and worst defenses in 2013, yet are poised for a good year, barring any setbacks on offense. With all three levels on defense being rebuilt and improved this offseason, there is no choice but to have a better defense. A better defense, plus a top-notch offense, equals playoffs?
Early on in camp, Brandon Marshall declared that Jay Culter could win "MVP of the league." Jay Cutler is in his second year in Marc Trestman's offense. The defense is rebuilt. All of this comes together and the Bears believe that they can not only make the playoffs, but make a lengthy run. Only time will tell.
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