2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Chicago Bears
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Bears just missed out winning the division last season, so they have a pretty good shot at a return to the playoffs. Chicago will need their defense to play better, though. If that happens, this team can make the playoffs and make a run. Their offense should be very good with three of the top offensive players in the game (Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte). The defense is the wild card, though, after a few down seasons compared to past years. They need to get better on that side of the ball to take another step forward this season.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
We don't think he'll have a huge season but receiver Marquess Wilson should produce some big games along the way as the No. 3 receiver for the Bears. He'll get a lot me playing time this season. He won't be consistent for fantasy teams but an option in the right matchup. Wilson can get around 700 yards and five touchdowns. He is a big-play threat with the ball in his hands.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Martellus Bennett had a career season last year but might have a hard time matching those numbers. He has more to compete with for targets (three solid receivers), so he'll have some inconsistent weeks. Bennett scored just once touchdowns the last nine games of last season and had less than 50 yards seven of the last 10 games. His finish to the season is a pretty good indication of his role in the offense going forward.

Team Notes

Apr 14, 05:33 PM Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte didn't make a big deal out of his absence during the team's voluntary offseason program. Forte stressed the voluntary aspect of the workouts and said he'll be present when it counts.
Apr 14, 01:03 AM Free-agent OT Eben Britton (Bears) has been suspended four games by the NFL for an unspecified violation.
Apr 13, 08:02 PM Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was not present for the start of the offseason workouts Monday, April 13, according to sources. Forte is entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a new contract.

Fantasy Impact: This will be a situation to watch going forward.
Apr 07, 05:03 PM Chicago Bears OG Matt Slauson (pectoral) expects to be medically cleared to take part in the Bears' offseason program which starts Monday, April 13. Slauson was on the Reserve/Injured list with a torn pectoral he suffered last season.
Apr 02, 12:52 PM Free-agent CB Sherrick McManis re-signed an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, April 1.
Apr 01, 02:23 PM Free-agent LB Sam Acho (Cardinals) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Mar 31, 06:03 PM Free-agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Falcons) signed an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 31.

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers will serve as a change of pace back for the team but don't expect much production with Matt Forte around.
Mar 31, 12:03 PM Free-agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Falcons) is visiting the Chicago Bears, according to a source.
Mar 30, 05:42 PM Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has drawn interest from the Dallas Cowboys.
Mar 30, 05:42 PM Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has drawn interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mar 30, 05:42 PM Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) still thinks he can 'perform at an elite level.' He'll turn 35 years old this November. Briggs played in only eight games in 2014 before going on Injured Reserve with a groin injury. Briggs has drawn interest this offseason from the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.
Mar 27, 03:02 PM Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Mar 26, 06:32 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.
Mar 26, 06:32 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.
Mar 26, 12:43 AM Chicago Bears LB Shea McClellin will start inside at linebacker, head coach John Fox said Wednesday, March 25. Fox added that McClellin will also be worked outside as well.
Mar 25, 05:03 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler seemed to lack confidence last season, according to head coach John Fox. 'I think maybe he got to the point where he lacked confidence a year ago. To build that back up, it's going to take time, daily. It takes trust, like any relationship.'

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Lamarr Houston, DE; Jared Allen, DE; Brian De La Puente, C; Willie Young, DE. 

Losses:
Devin Hester, WR; Henry Melton, DT; Julius Peppers, DE; Corey Wootton, DE; Josh McCown, QB; Major Wright, S. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  14 Kyle FullerDB
 # 2  19 Ego FergusonDL
 # 3  18 Will SuttonDL
 # 4  17 Ka'Deem CareyRB
 # 4  31 Brock VereenDB
 # 6  7 David FalesQB
 # 6  15 Pat O'DonnellP
 # 7  31 Charles Leno Jr.OL
 # 7  39 Terrance MitchellDB
 Undrafted Jordan LynchRB
 Undrafted Christian JonesLB
 Undrafted Senorise PerryRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     Buffalo
2     Sep 20 8:30PM     at San Francisco
3     Sep 28 8:30PM     at New York Jets
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     Green Bay
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     at Carolina
6     Oct 18 4:25PM     at Atlanta
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Miami
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     at New England
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 8:30PM     at Green Bay
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Minnesota
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
13     Dec 3 12:30PM     at Detroit
14     Dec 10 8:25PM     Dallas
15     Dec 21 8:30PM     New Orleans
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     Detroit
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Minnesota
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