Saddle up, Bears: Broncos first up in preseason

August 08, 2012|RedEye

He's back. The quarterback who made Bears fans' lives a living hell. The man who can't show his face in Chicago ever again.

Caleb Hanie.

The Bears will get a heavy dose of their former backup QB as the preseason begins Thursday, though we admit there are much bigger short-term draws, namely the return of Super Bowl XLI villain Peyton Manning. It's also fans' first real look at Brandon Marshall as a Bear. We won't see much of them, unfortunately, but there are a few Bears who must get off to a great start, preseason or not.

J'Marcus Webb

The Bears' left tackle was overrun in last year's preseason opener, saying afterward he wasn't treating it like a regular-season game. He can't afford to make that mistake again—or Jay Cutler will have his head.

Gabe Carimi

The former first-round draft pick will be at right tackle and playing for the first time since Week 2 last year, when he injured his knee. Will he start to show he was worth the investment?

Alshon Jeffery

The Bears know Marshall can catch the ball, run solid routes and block. If Jeffery has a sharp learning curve, Green Bay might be just a little more nervous. We hope.

Shea McClellin

We'll notice Brian Urlacher's absence a little less if someone else on the team makes a star-level impact. McClellin, the team's first-round draft pick this season, is as good a candidate as any.

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