Three things to watch in Bears second preseason game

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After spending most of the week in Central Indiana scrimmaging against the Indianapolis Colts, the Chicago Bears will begin to learn a little bit more about themselves after playing the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in preseason game number two.

Here are three things to watch as the Bears look to improve from last week’s first-team effort:

1. The play of second-year OT Charles Leno Jr. He gets the start at right tackle ahead of Jordan Mills. Leno Jr. appears to have the confidence of the coaching staff and with a solid effort against the Colts, could earn the job over the mistake-prone Mills. Leno Jr. possesses good size, light feet and plays with leverage. Saturday provides him the audition for a starting position.

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2. Rookie Adrian Amos is the next safety up in the Bears seemingly endless attempt to find playmakers in the deep patrol. Amos, the Bears fifth-round selection out of Penn State, demonstrates the athletic ability and instincts necessary to develop into a dependable player, but his insertion into a starter’s role is more of an indictment on fellow safety Brock Vereen and the Bears as an organization. The club has whiffed repeatedly to find quality starters at the position despite investing both draft picks and free agency to shore up the unit.

Amos has been

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knocked for his lack of aggressiveness in tackling, but appeared physical in Bourbonnais. If Amos falters, last year’s starter, Ryan Mundy, could be the default option to begin the regular season.

3. Will anyone step up at wide receiver? With Kevin White out and Alshon Jeffery nursing a calf sprain, the Bears were hamstrung in workouts this week. Third-year man Marquess Wilson has been the flavor of the last two training camps, but injuries and lack of consistency prevented him from showcasing some natural skills. He needs to take the next step in his growth this year, otherwise it could turn out to be a rough 2015 for Jay Cutler.

 

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