Five Bears regression candidates

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Adrian Amos
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Adrian Amos /
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CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 04: Mitch Unrein
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 04: Mitch Unrein /

4. Mitch Unrein

Unrein started in nine games last season. Things went bad for the Bears last season, but if Unrein is starting anywhere close to nine games next season, 2017 will be going much worse than the 2016 season. Unrein is a player who can be defined as just a guy. He provides depth, hits assignments and understands his role. However, he does not change games, and he does not win power, speed or leverage.

The Bears added a lot of depth to the defensive front this off-season. Jaye Howard, John Jenkins, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and Rashaad Coward are all fresh faces that will be in camp. With Eddie Goldman, and Akiem Hicks winning spots easily, and Jonathan Bullard bringing the potential of a breakout year, the defensive line group is starting to get a bit crowded at the start of training camp.

Even more than Amos, Unrein is a Bear who is going to have to fight for his roster spot on the team, let alone a starting job. Unrein was second on the Bears defensive line in snaps played last season, and while nothing is a guarantee, you could feel pretty comfortable betting against that happening again in 2017.