Chicago Bears Preseason: Week 4 Stock Report
Welcome to the final week of preseason. By now we have all digested the rough performance against Seattle and we are anxiously awaiting the final cuts.
Who's stock is up and who needs to turn things around? On this list is a former first-round pick, a rookie, veteran mainstay on defense and even a coach.
Click ahead to find out who it's time to buy in on and who we might be concerned about as the season moves forward.
Stock Down: Linebacker Shea McClellin
It's been a tough transition for Shea McClellin. He's struggled all preseason adapting to outside linebacker and didn't fare any better against Seattle in the third preseason game.
McClellin looks to be a little lost on the field. He's been running around aimlessly and hasn't been sure in his tackling. He was seen giving a poor effort on Marshawn Lynch's touchdown run in the first quarter of last week's game.
If draft position and potential politics were taken off the table, McClellin would have no place on this roster. He simply hasn't performed well enough to make this football team.
Will McClellin be a surprise cut? General manager Phil Emery might have too much pride to let a first-round pick go but McClellin has been outplayed by Christian Jones.
Stock Up: Wide Receiver Josh Morgan
Josh Morgan was initially brought in to compete for a final receiver spot but all of a sudden he's been thrust into the third receiver role.
Santonio Holmes may be nipping at Morgan's heels but when the season starts, Morgan will be on the field with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
It hasn't been necessarily a great preseason in terms of stats for Morgan but he's done enough to gain the trust of quarterback Jay Cutler and the coaching staff. He could see a decent amount of targets in this high octane offense.
There's been success in the NFL for Morgan. He's had three seasons where he's totaled over 40 catches. In this offense, the third receiver should be able to snag at least 25-30 catches.
Morgan has a golden chance to prove he's a valuable commodity. Marquess Wilson has no timetable to return from his clavicle injury and Holmes is still learning the offense. This is Morgan's job to lose and could hang on to it for quite some time.
Stock Down: Cornerback Charles Tillman
Father Time looks to be creeping up on Charles Tillman fairly quickly. He seems to be about a step slow and very vulnerable on the field.
Tillman was seen stumbling on the field against the Seahawks trying to slow down Doug Baldwin. It's not a good sign when Tillman struggles to keep on with an average at best receiver.
It is still preseason so it's very possible Tillman hasn't turned the switch to full speed yet. Still, there's a lot of miles on that body and he did leave Lovie Smith and Tampa Bay without a deal, which is very telling.
At some point, the magic has to stop for Tillman. Age is still undefeated in the NFL and Tillman might be able to prolong the inevitable but it seems to be coming sooner rather than later.
Stock Up: Defensive End Willie Young
We needed to see more consistency out of Willie Young in the preseason and certainly got that against the Seahawks.
It wasn't a good game for the starting defense but Young did a nice job applying pressure in place of Jared Allen who sat out with a bruised shoulder.
Young showed everybody what he was known for as a Detroit Lion. He has a high motor and does a fantastic job hurrying the quarterback. It's a skill that will prove valuable as he gets rotated in the game when Allen or Lamarr Houston need a breather.
In an offseason that featured a few high profile free-agent signings, Young looks to be one of the better deals by the Bears.
Stock Down: Joe DeCamillis
The nightmare continues for special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis and the Bears' third phase. Mistakes and a lack of pride seem to highlight what is becoming a serious problem for the Bears.
The Seattle game started with Percy Harvin ripping off a big return. Starting safety Ryan Mundy was seen being trucked by Harvin. There's just no passion coming from the players.
Punter Pat O'Donnell shanked a punt which led to a big return by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. It seems like nobody wants the kick returner job and the long snapper is still shaky.
DeCamillis has one more week to fix these major issues but at this point his seat has to be very hot.
Stock Up: Defensive Tackle Stephen Paea
Maybe it's the two rookies breathing down his neck or it could be the fact he's looking for a new deal, but Stephen Paea has been playing terrific football.
Paea has been disruptive up the middle and looks very good playing next to fellow defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. Paea has had short bursts of great football like this in the past but has never been able to sustain it long term.
The Bears want to see Paea succeed. It means rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton can take their time to develop and it gives the Bears a very deep defensive line which comes in handy especially late in the season.
Stock Down: Center/Guard Brian De La Puente
Brian De La Puente was brought in to provide insurance and even push aging veteran Roberto Garza for the starting center job but that hasn't happened.
A MCL sprain has limited De La Puente and he hasn't gotten any meaningful reps all preseason. He does have a past relationship with offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer from their New Orleans days but is that enough for him to make the team?
What helps De La Puente is his versatility to play two positions. His experience and swing ability will likely earn him a roster spot but it could be closer than we think.
Stock Up: Running Back Ka'Deem Carey
Shaun Draughn is still holding on to the second running back spot but rookie Ka'Deem Carey is coming on strong.
Carey is starting to show he's the workhorse the Bears hoped for when they drafted him. He's been able to grind out some tough yards all while running behind the backup offensive line.
As Carey gets more experience, he will gain more confidence and prove to be more than capable of getting quality reps in the regular season. He has a nose for the end zone and could prove very valuable around the goal line.
It was a better showing for Carey against Seattle. He's starting to be more patient in the NFL and finishing runs a lot better. He will likely get a heavy dose in the final game against the Browns and could see his reps increase once the season starts.
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