Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: Specialists

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Projected Starters: Pat O’Donnell*, Robbie Gould, Brandon Harston, Chris Williams, Michael Ford

*Indicates rookie

Key Departures: Adam Podlesh, Patrick Mannelly, Devin Hester


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Throughout our Training Camp Preview series, we’ve been touching on all the reserves and backups for the various positions and there was a common theme.  Positional players need to excel at special teams in order to make the team as reserves.  For young up and comers and fringe veterans alike, special teams are a gateway to the 53-man roster.

Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will have his hands full to get the special teams unit back to top form.  The Bears finished in the bottom half of the league in PFF’s special teams grades.  Some of that can be attributed to the number of injuries to starters, which pushed guys into roles they’re not accustomed to or suited for.