Bears continue developing their 'backbone'

Bears continue developing their 'backbone'
August 14, 2013, 9:30 am
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The Bears are closing out training camp and heading back to Chicago today, and the competition among the roster is still heating up.

J'Marcus Webb and Corey Wootton joined 670 The Score on Wednesday morning to talk about the team's training camp and preseason, as well as what their own experiences have been like on the field.

"These preseason games and training camps are where we get the backbone of our team," Webb said. "We still have a ways to go until we get everything set in stone.

"This is a great time, we're just trying to listen and learn everyday and put out the best output that we can everyday and on film."

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Wootton returned to practice Monday after sustaining a calf injury prior to the Bears' preseason game against the Panthers. He came back with a bang, impressing his coaches and setting the bar even higher for himself than he has in the past.

"I think last season I took a big step in the right direction, being able to contribute to the defense and being able to make a difference when I was out there," he said. "I think the biggest thing this year is taking another step and being an even bigger difference maker."

Now Wootton's ready to make even greater contributions and take his game to another level. As the Bears' roster competition continues, Wootton is going head-to-head with teammate Shea McClellin. But at the end of the day, both players are rooting for each other and know that in the long run, the best man will win the job.

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But in order to show the coaches just what it takes, Wootton will have to stay healthy. After suffering various injuries in the past and he's very familiar with the frustrations that come along with sitting on the sidelines. Now he hopes to show just what he's capable of as the Bears continuing preparing for the 2013 season.

"It definitely was frustrating for me the first two years because I didn't live up to the or and expectations that most people were thinking," Wootton said. "They thought I could have been a first-round pick at one point if I didn't hurt my knee. It's definitely frustrating for me because injury-wise, and I didn't really have a good camp coming into my second year and unfortunately got hurt in the first preseason game, but it felt good last year to stay injury free and really show them what I can do when I'm healthy."