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Chicago Bears Preseason 2014: 5 Players To Watch In Week 3

Chicago Bears Preseason 2014: 5 Players To Watch In Week 3

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With a pivotal Week 3 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, here are 5 Bears to keep an eye on.

5. Jordan Mills, OT

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5. Jordan Mills, OT

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The 2013 fifth round draft pick, Mills has been absent all preseason with a foot injury. Listed now as day-to-day, the Bears need Mills healthy and back to form heading into Week 1 or the regular season. If Mills is able to make his season debut against the Seahawks, it will be interesting to see just how much rust he will need to shake off prior to the start of the season.

4. Chris Conte, S

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4. Chris Conte, S

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The much maligned safety should make his season debut this week after rehabbing from off season shoulder surgery. Conte has perhaps been the most scrutinized Bears player this off season, and given the horrendous play from the safety position in 2013, he will have an uphill battle to earn back his starting spot for 2014. If Conte can play well this week he will take a large step forward in that process.

3. Matt Forte, RB

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3. Matt Forte, RB

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The Bears have had a hard time getting the running game off the ground so far in the preseason. Forte has rushed for a total of -7 yards on 7 carries over two games. The Bears are expected to give the starters a few more plays this week and hopefully Forte can get himself back into the plus column and into a good rhythm before the regular season begins.

2. Jay Cutler, QB

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2. Jay Cutler, QB

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Cutler has looked sharp through his first two preseason games, though he will be facing a very talented defense this week as the Bears face off with the Seahawks. The starters figure to receive a significant amount of plays this week, and Cutler will need to display his grip of the offense against the defending Super Bowl champions. If he can play well in Seattle, the Bears could be in for a great season from their signal caller.

1. Santonio Holmes, WR

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1. Santonio Holmes, WR

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While Holmes is a long shot to play this week, he would be the story of the week if he can find his way onto the field. The Bears are desperate for a No. 3 receiver to replace Marquess Wilson while he rehabs a broken collar bone. If Holmes can provide a boost to the Bears already potent offense, the team will have an easier road to a division title.

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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