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

Oct 02, 02:33 AM The Jacksonville Jaguars had free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan in for a workout this week. Mulligan also tried out recently for the Baltimore Ravens.
Oct 01, 06:13 PM Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) practiced without restrictions Wednesday, Oct. 1, for the first time in a while. 'It was good to get him (Marshall) back out there at full speed,' head coach Marc Trestman said.
Oct 01, 06:13 PM Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (knee), S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), LB Shea McClellin (hand) and LB D.J. Williams (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. DE Jared Allen (illness), OT Jermon Bushrod (knee), C Roberto Garza (ankle), CB Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), DT Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and OG Matt Slauson (ankle) were limited, while S Chris Conte (shoulder) practiced in full.
Sep 30, 06:03 PM The Chicago Bears placed LB Terrell Manning and WR Rashad Ross on no-recall waivers Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Sep 29, 04:43 PM Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett said he played most of the 2013 season with a torn medial collateral ligament and a separated shoulder. He said he did not have surgery to repair either injury during the offseason. Bennett has caught 29 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Sep 29, 03:03 PM Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen (illness) is working out at the team's facility Monday, Sept. 29, and is considered day-to-day, according to head coach Marc Trestman.
Sep 28, 08:32 PM Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte carried 23 times for a season-high 122 yards and no touchdowns in the Week 4 game against the Green Bay, and he added 49 yards on five receptions. Forte went over 10,000 career total yards from scrimmage in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Forte had a huge game, looking more like the back from last season, which is great news for fantasy teams.
Sep 28, 08:32 PM Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett posted nine receptions for a career-high 134 yards in the Week 4 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Fantasy Impact: Bennett is off to the best start of his career. He is playing like an elite fantasy tight end.
Sep 28, 02:02 PM Chicago Bears SS Ahmad Dixon (hamstring) left the game early in Week 4 because of a hamstring injury and is considered questionable to return.
Sep 28, 12:32 PM Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen (illness) has been dealing with pneumonia and has dropped to 237 pounds. He underwent a chest X-ray Sunday, Sept. 28.
Sep 28, 11:22 AM Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) will be active for Week 4 Sunday, Sept. 28.
Sep 27, 04:02 PM Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte recently voiced his displeasure with the Bears' running game. Though Forte has struggled running the ball this year, he still leads all running backs in receptions (19) and is third among running backs in receiving yards (145).
Sep 27, 11:42 AM Chicago Bears DE Willie Young could start at defensive end in Week 4 if DE Jared Allen (illness) is not able to play.
Sep 26, 09:12 PM Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte has struggled this season, posting just 136 rushing yards on 42 carries through three games, for a career-worst 3.2 yards per carry, and he has yet to visit the end zone on the ground or through the air. However, that could change in Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, a team which ranks 30th in the NFL against the rush, allowing 156.3 yards per game. In two games against the Packers last season, Forte had at least 110 rushing yards in each game, and he averaged 5.1 yards per carry while posting 235 rushing yards and three touchdowns while also hauling in a touchdown reception.
Sep 26, 04:12 PM Chicago Bears C Roberto Garza (ankle), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (quadriceps), DT Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and OG Matt Slauson (ankle) have been ruled out for Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers. DE Jared Allen (illness) and S Chris Conte (shoulder) are questionable, while S Ryan Mundy (shoulder) and DE Trevor Scott (foot) are probable. Allen, Garza, McClellin, McManis, Ratliff and Slauson didn't practice Friday, Sept. 26. Conte was limited, and the others practiced in full.
Sep 26, 02:42 PM Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is questionable for the team's Week 4 game.

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  33 Ahmad DixonDB
 # 7  39 Terrance MitchellDB
 Undrafted Jordan LynchRB
 Undrafted Christian JonesLB
 Undrafted Senorise PerryRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Buffalo
2     Sep 14 8:30PM     at San Francisco
3     Sep 22 8:30PM     at New York Jets
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Green Bay
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Carolina
6     Oct 12 4:25PM     at Atlanta
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     Miami
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at New England
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 9 8:30PM     at Green Bay
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Minnesota
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
13     Nov 27 12:30PM     at Detroit
14     Dec 4 8:25PM     Dallas
15     Dec 15 8:30PM     New Orleans
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Detroit
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Minnesota
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