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

Jul 21, 02:23 PM Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings said he needs to work on his pass-rush moves as he is expecting to blitz more this season from the nickel cornerback position.
Jul 21, 02:12 PM Chicago Bears FS Chris Conte said he feels good as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but is unsure of his availability for the start of training camp. He could be placed on the physically unable to perform list in the near future.
Jul 21, 10:36 AM Chicago Bears TE Dante Rosario is the leading candidate to be the team's No. 2 tight end this year, according to Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com. TE Matthew Mulligan, TE Zach Miller and TE Jeron Mastrud will battle for the remaining backup spots during training camp.
Jul 20, 03:42 AM The New England Patriots have signed free-agent TE Nate Byham (Buccaneers). Byham will likely compete with TEs Michael Hoomanawanui and D.J. Williams for a chance to back up Rob Gronkowski.
Jul 19, 12:42 PM Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen appears poised to beat QB Jordan Palmer for the No. 2 quarterback job during training camp.
Jul 18, 03:02 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has impressed head coach Marc Trestman with how intelligent and selfless he's been to better the team. Trestman also said he's been impressed with Cutler's skillset and football smarts.
Jul 17, 05:02 PM Chicago Bears LB Shea McClellin is more of a blitzer in the Bears' 4-3 defense and will see some opportunities to rush off the edge this season, according to defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
Jul 15, 12:53 PM Chicago Bears DT Ego Ferguson is expected to learn both defensive tackle positions. There is a chance Ferguson could get as many repetitions as the first team during training-camp and the preseason games.
Jul 11, 03:42 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler believes he's more familiar with second-year head coach Marc Trestman's offense. Cutler said he should be able to think less and play faster now that he's become more acquainted with concepts and formations.
Jul 09, 09:13 AM Chicago Bears WR Josh Morgan has agreed to 32 hours of community service to have an assault charge dropped. Morgan was accused of hitting a valet driver in April.
Jul 08, 11:33 PM Chicago Bears FS Ryan Mundy, FS Brock Vereen and SS Craig Steltz will likely make the roster this season, and FS Chris Conte (shoulder) will also make the roster as long as he recovers from a shoulder injury. If the team decides to keep five safeties, FS M.D. Jennings would likely make the cut ahead of SS Danny McCray.
Jul 08, 11:33 PM Chicago Bears LB Jordan Senn will likely need the team to keep seven linebackers in order to make the roster this season.
Jul 05, 11:22 AM Chicago Bears SS Craig Steltz could be on the roster bubble during training camp if SS Adrian Wilson shows that he is healthy during camp.
Jul 05, 09:32 AM Chicago Bears FS Chris Conte (shoulder) could win one of the starting spots in training camp, but injuries could play a role. Conte sat out for the entire offseason program. We'll see, Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. I'll wait until camp rolls around and I'll get a report, and they'll let us know who's available and how much they can do. Whenever he's available, we'll start working him in and get him up to speed, get him the reps. He's been in the meetings. So he knows what we're doing. We're going to start over pretty much in training camp with our installation. So a lot of it will be review, and then we'll add some things as we go that we didn't cover in OTAs and the coaches' sessions. He's gotten the mental work in, in the class room. So it'll just be getting the physical reps. When he's ready, he's ready. We'll work him in.
Jul 04, 08:02 PM Chicago Bears CB Sherrick McManis could make the final roster because of his special teams play.
Jul 04, 08:02 PM Chicago Bears CB Isaiah Frey appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 5 cornerback job entering training camp but will have to compete with several other cornerbacks for the job.

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
 Undrafted Jordan LynchRB

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 1:00PM     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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