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 24, 05:02 PM Chicago Bears LB Jonathan Bostic (back) and LB Lance Briggs (ribs) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and are doubtful for Week 8. S Danny McCray (knee) did not participate in practice and has been ruled out. OT Jordan Mills (foot) did not practice and is questionable. FS Chris Conte (shoulder), CB Kyle Fuller (hip, hand) and WR Chris Williams (illness) all fully practiced and are probable. DT Jeremiah Ratliff (non-injury) did not practice and is probable.
Oct 24, 05:02 PM Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8.
Oct 23, 05:42 PM Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen (rest), S Danny McCray (knee) and WR Chris Williams (illness) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. LBs Lance Briggs (ribs), Jonathan Bostic (back), CB Kyle Fuller (hand, hip) and OT Jordan Mills (foot) were limited. S Chris Conte (shoulder) participated fully.
Oct 23, 02:22 PM Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good sign for Bennett, who should be ready for the Week 8 game.
Oct 22, 05:23 PM Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller (hand, hip) and SS Danny McCray (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. LB Jonathan Bostic (back) and LB Lance Briggs (ribs) were limited during practice, while FS Chris Conte (shoulder) fully participated in practice.
Oct 22, 04:13 PM Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) said he expects to practice Thursday, Oct. 23, and play in Week 8. Bennett missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Fantasy Impact: We'll know more in a day or two but it seems pretty likely Bennett will be able to play this week.
Oct 22, 02:53 PM Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 02:43 AM The New York Jets invited four players to work out recently, including free-agent FB Tony Fiammetta (Bears), DB Chris Prosinski (Jaguars), CB Johnny Adams (Raiders) and CB Marcus Cromartie (Chargers). ESPN reporter Adam Caplan initially reported the workouts of Fiammetta and Prosinski.
Oct 20, 03:23 PM Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller (hand) will not need surgery for his broken hand, according to head coach Marc Trestman.
Oct 20, 12:23 PM Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler threw an interception and fumbled twice in the team's Week 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Cutler has turned the ball over multiple times in all four of the team's losses this year, but he hasn't turned the ball over once in any of the team's three wins. The Bears opponents have scored 37 total points off Cutler's turnovers this year. He was sacked three times and finished with a passer rating of 74.4 against the Dolphins with 190 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Cutler has regressed in recent weeks. Past history shows he probably won't change much going forward, though. He is going to make mistakes.
Oct 19, 09:33 PM Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller (hand) suffered a broken hand in the Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins, and he also suffered a hip pointer, too.
Oct 19, 09:08 PM Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall called out QB Jay Cutler in a heated locker room discussion after the team's Week 7 loss against the Miami Dolphins, a source said Sunday, Oct. 19. The source said there 'are some very selfish individuals in the locker room.' But it's not out of the ordinary for Marshall to strongly voice his opinion to Cutler, as the two are close friends off the field. Marshall also reportedly yelled at PK Robbie Gould.

Fantasy Impact: Losing will do this. We don't see this being an issue going forward.
Oct 19, 03:02 PM Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller (hip) suffered a hip injury in Week 7 and is considered questionable to return.
Oct 19, 11:42 AM The Chicago Bears have declared SS Ahmad Dixon, OT Charles Leno Jr., FS Chris Conte, LB Jonathan Bostic, LB Lance Briggs, CB Terrance Mitchell, DL Trevor Scott inactive for Week 7.
Oct 17, 03:52 PM Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (ribs) and FS Chris Conte (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 7. LB Jonathan Bostic (back) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. OT Jermon Bushrod (ankle, knee), SS Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (knee, quadriceps), OT Jordan Mills (foot) and LB D.J. Williams (neck) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.
Oct 16, 06:32 PM Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (ribs) and S Chris Conte (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. LB Jonathan Bostic (back), S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), OT Jordan Mills (foot) and LB D.J. Williams (neck) were limited. OT Jermon Bushrod (knee, ankle), LB Shea McClellin (hand) and CB Sherrick McManis (quadriceps, knee) participated fully.

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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