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5 Things To Watch For in Chicago Bears Week 2 Preseason Game

Chicago Bears Preseason 2014: 5 Things To Watch For in Week 2

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With Week 1 in the rear-view mirror, here are five things to keep an eye on as the Chicago Bears gear up to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

5. Can Special Teams Improve on a Terrible Start

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5. Can Special Teams Improve on a Terrible Start

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The special teams units had an awful start to the 2014 season after giving up a 102-yard kickoff return TD, having a FG attempt blocked and losing the ball after a muffed punt return. Heading into Week 2 of the preseason, the team will need to figure out what went wrong against the Eagles. The Bears will need to shore up their special teams play before they head into the regular season if they hope to compete for a division title.

4. Shea McClellin Needs to Improve On a Shaky Start

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4. Shea McClellin Needs to Improve On a Shaky Start

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In his first NFL game at linebacker, former first-round pick Shea McClellin was shaky at best. The Bears need McClellin to come around as they are lacking quality depth at linebacker. With a struggling Jaguars offense and a rookie QB coming to town this week, McClellin should get plenty of chances to make plays.

3. The Debut of Jared Allen

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3. The Debut of Jared Allen

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After sitting out the team's first preseason game for the birth of his daughter, Jared Allen is expected to make his Bears debut against the Jaguars. The Bears are hoping that Allen still has enough left in the tank to lead a newly revamped defensive line in sacks. Allen should be able to get quite the tune up this week against the Jaguars offense.

2. The Return of Chris Conte

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2. The Return of Chris Conte

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After drawing the ire of most Bears fans for much of the 2013 campaign, Conte will make his return from offseason shoulder surgery this week. Conte finished with four interceptions last year, though he struggled mightily for most of the season. With an overhauled defensive line in front of him, his play should see a significant rise in 2014.

1. Jimmy Clausen vs. Jordan Palmer

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1. Jimmy Clausen vs. Jordan Palmer

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The battle of the backup QBs heated up significantly in Week 1 with Jimmy Clausen outshining Jordan Palmer. Now Palmer will need to counter with a better Week 2 performance if he hopes to hold off Clausen and hold on to the No. 2 spot behind Jay Cutler. Cutler has not played an entire 16-game season since 2009, making this position all the more valuable for the Bears.

Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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