One of the most exciting aspects of an NFL preseason is watching the positional battles take place and seeing fringe players fight for a roster spot. CSNChicago.com takes a look at which Bears need to impress the most during the final three weeks of August.
Here are the Top 5 Bears with something to prove during the preseason:
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5.) Kyle Long
Phil Emery raised a few eyebrows throughout some NFL circles with his selection of Kyle Long in the first-round of the NFL Draft. The Bears visualize Long as their starting right guard in 2013, but he's had his ups and downs - as most rookies do - during training camp and is currently in a heated battle with second-year guard James Brown for the starting role. The son of Hall of Famer Howie Long needs to prove why he was worthy of a first-round selection through the final three games of the preseason.
4.) Devin Aromashodu
The 29-year-old Aromashodu is in his second stint with the Bears and has familiarity with Jay Cutler, hauling in 24 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns with Chicago in 2009. He's been working with the 2's during camp after the injury to No. 3 wide receiver Earl Bennett. Aromashodu needs to show he has enough gas in the tank to unseat Joe Anderson, Eric Weems and Marquess Wilson for a spot on the 53-man roster.
3.) Joe Anderson
Anderson has been one of the most impressive Bears during training camp, but has been slowed with a hamstring injury in Bourbonnais. He's worked behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery while Bennett's been out of action with a concussion. The second-year wideout proved to be a valuable special teamer in 2012, which gives him an added value when roster decisions take place. If Anderson stays healthy and finishes the preseason the way he started, his roster spot should be secure.
2.) Jon Bostic
Bostic could arguably have the most to prove during the preseason. Being labeled the heir apparent at middle linebacker to future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher is no small task, but Bostic has impressed the veterans during camp. In Week 1 of the preseason, he picked off a Cam Newton pass and took it 51-yards for a touchdown. Bostic catapulted into a starting role after an injury to D.J. Williams, and if he continues to make impact plays during the final few weeks of preseason it won't be a surprise to see him lined up between Lance Briggs and James Anderson on Sept. 8 against the Bengals.
1.) J'Marcus Webb
Webb has been given every opportunity to remain a starter with the Bears throughout the last two seasons, but it looks like the new coaching staff may have given up on Mike Tice's project. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer named rookie Jordan Mills the starting right tackle for Thursday's game against the Chargers and indicted Webb needs to play more than one position if he wants to make the Bears final eight. If Webb doesn't take a gigantic step forward during the final three weeks of preseason it's possible that he could be looking for another NFL team next month.
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