Five keys as Bears open camp

2016 Bears open camp

As the Chicago Bears embark on their 2016 season with the opening of training camp at Olivet Nazarene University, here are five things to watch as a shortened (ten-day) camp run begins:

1. How much is the defense improved? General Manager Ryan Pace, head coach John Fox, and respected defensive coordinator Vic Fangio spent considerable time, resources, and contacts to improve a leaky unit that has allowed too many yards and points. Can free agent additions Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman, and Akeem Hicks bolster a front seven that needs increased pressures and more playmakers?

The Bears deep patrol is also a major question mark. Beyond starting CB’s Tracy Porter and Kyle Fuller, the cupboard is bare. Chicago continues to look for another safety to pair with Adrian Amos, last year’s rookie starter who played beyond expectations.