Bears vs Colts: What to watch for

The Bears will take on the Colts on Saturday in week 2 of the NFL preseason. Boring you say? Delicious, I say! I can’t get enough football, even preseason. As an avid fan of Fantasy Football, this is vital to making good choices on draft day.

Jay Cutler: Yep. Different coach, different offensive coordinator, same story. Will Jay be able to avoid the turnovers? Can he lead a team into the playoffs? I know he can do the latter. I think he can do the former.

Wide Receivers: They started the offseason drafting Kevin White after shipping off Brandon Marshall to the Jets. They also added Jay’s former safety valve, Eddie Royal. White looks like he maybe lost for the season and 4th year pro, Alshon Jeffery is nursing a calf strain. Will Eddie Royal and 3rd year WR Marquess Wilson be enough? Journeyman receiver and special teamer, Marc Mariani will help out as well. Joshua Bellamy and Cameron Meredith will also compete for a spot.

Front seven: As you might know, the Bears have converted over to a 3-4 defense. Basically means: you have 4 linebackers and 3 defensive lineman. Jared Allen has switched to outside linebacker and so far has done an OK job of switching. Shea McClellin may finally have found a home as an inside backer in this “34” scheme. Who else will step up?

Safety: Antrel Rolle will no doubt lock up one spot. The battle is between rookie Adrian Amos and veteran Ryan Mundy.

Cornerback: Kyle fuller has the CB1 locked up. The battle is for the other corner spot. So far Sherrick McManis has looked good in camp, including the 2 day scrimmage between the Bears and Colts.

Special Teams: John Fox puts a strong emphasis on special teams, so this should be getting back to what bears fans were accustomed to under Lovie Smith and Dave Toub. Punting will be solid with 2nd year punter Pat O’Donnell as will the place kicking with Robbie Gould who made all four FGs in last week’s game. Lots of battles for the other positions. Mariani seems to have a lead in the punt and kick returner role.

The starters should go a full half this week, which makes things more interesting. Going up vs the Colts should give us a better indication of how things are coming along on both sides of the ball. So enjoy some Def Leppard and sunshine and tune into the game later tonight!

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