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10 Chicago Bears Players to Watch This Preseason

10 Chicago Bears Players to Watch This Preseason

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Heading into the first preseason game, the Chicago Bears have many question marks. These are the 10 players that you want to be on the lookout for.

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10. Brian de la Puente - C/G

Brian de la Puente
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10. Brian de la Puente - C/G

Brian de la Puente
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De la Puente was a bit of a journeyman early on in his career. He found his spot as the starting center for the New Orleans Saints for three years after filling in for former Bears center Olin Kruetz. He is 29 years old while starting center, Roberto Garza, is 35. De la Puente could have a future with the Bears.

9. Pat O'Donnell - P

Pat O'Donnell
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9. Pat O'Donnell - P

Pat O'Donnell
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Ever since Brad Maynard, the punting position has been a weakness for Chicago. O'Donnell was drafted in the sixth round to replace the released Adam Podlesh. When a punter is drafted it is usually his job to lose.

8. Shaun Draughn - RB

Shaun Draughn
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8. Shaun Draughn - RB

Shaun Draughn
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Draughn was brought over in free agency to compete with Michael Ford and Ka'Deem Carey for the second string running back spot. Draughn has been impressive throughout camp so far. If he does secure the backup role to Matt Forte, there isn't a doubt that it will be hard for him to find playing time.

7. Ego Ferguson - DT

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7. Ego Ferguson - DT

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With Stephen Paea and Jeremiah Ratliff in possession of the starting defensive tackle spots, Ferguson could still have an impact. In today's NFL, having a solid rotation on the D-line is essential. A constant rotation of fresh players will greatly improve this defense.

6. Josh Morgan - WR

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6. Josh Morgan - WR

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The Marquess Wilson injury at wide receiver has caused a need for someone to step up. Morgan could be that guy, with a wide open battle for the slot receiver position. Morgan is a guy who has held that position before with the Washington football team.

5. Brock Vereen - FS

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5. Brock Vereen - FS

Brock Vereen
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Vereen comes into the first preseason game with a hold of the starting free safety position. Chris Conte is still sidelined after undergoing shoulder surgery. You can expect to see Vereen play early and often as Mel Tucker has some decisions to make.

4. Willie Young - DE

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4. Willie Young - DE

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Young spent the first two seasons of his career in Detroit. He comes to Chicago as the primary backup to Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen. As stated previously, it is crucial for there to be a solid rotation on the D-line to sustain energy and intensity. He will get playing time under his three-year contract.

3. Kyle Fuller - CB

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3. Kyle Fuller - CB

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The first-round pick comes into preseason play all over the headlines. He has been impressive and has also gotten into a scuffle with TE Martellus Bennett. Fuller will play mainly as the nickel back. In 2013, 45 percent of the defensive snaps taken were in the nickel package.

2. Adrian Wilson - SS

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2. Adrian Wilson - SS

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The accomplished vet has come to the Bears in hopes of regaining his Pro Bowl-caliber play and reviving his career. It's start or bust for him as he does not want to start the season on the bench. He will have to beat out Ryan Mundy, Danny McCray and rookie Marcus Trice.

1. Shea McClellin - OLB

Shea McClellin
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1. Shea McClellin - OLB

Shea McClellin
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What makes Shea McClellin the most interesting study during the 2014 preseason is he has so much potential, even at a new position. At strong side linebacker, McClellin will be forced to play a lot in pass coverage. If he can keep up, he could be a nice piece of the linebacker corps for years to come.