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The Chicago Bears will likely look like a completely new team in 2018 as GM Ryan Pace looks to add more depth to the roster through free agency and the draft. Although the Bears finished out the 2017 with only five wins, there is plenty of optimism around Chicago as the Bears look to have a solid young core of players to build around. Here’s a look at three under the radar players that are on track to break out next season and become household names for fans of the Chicago Bears in 2018.

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1) S Adrian Amos– A fifth round pick out of Penn State in 2015, Amos’ career started on a high note as he started all sixteen games in his rookie season. Amos’ collected 67 total tackles, 2 pass deflections and 1 sack and was named to All-Rookie teams. His second season produced more solid stats as he combined for 65 tackles and 5 pass deflections in 15 games but played for an underwhelming defense and team that finished with only 3 wins on the year. After being benched for prized free agent Quintin Demps to start the 2017 season, Amos had a breakout season after he entered the lineup when Demps was lost for the season with a broken arm. Named to the Pro Football Focus 2017 All Pro Team along with Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, Amos’ thirteen games and ten starts produced some game changing plays where he recorded his first interception, two forced fumbles and a touchdown. Adrian is emerging as a playmaker that the Bears can count on and he looks poised to become a household name in Chicago in 2018.

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2) TE Adam Shaheen– Tight end Adam Shaheen recently finished up his rookie season for the Chicago Bears. Drafted in the second round (45th overall pick) of the 2017 NFL Draft, Shaheen is a former basketball player who transferred to Ashland University in Ohio where he started his college football career as a walk on. After three years of impressive play, Shaheen decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Shaheen spent the majority of his rookie season behind veterans Zach Miller and Dion Sims and got few opportunities in his first year. Listed at 6’ 6” and 270 pounds and running a 4.79 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, Shaheen has unique traits that could lead to big numbers in the passing game along with his draft class teammate Mitchell Trubisky. When his opportunities finally came in 2017, Shaheen took advantage. Posting 12 catches for 127 yards with 3 touchdowns on the season, Shaheen showed his potential when he posted 44 yards on 4 catches with a touchdown in his late season start versus the Bengals. Unfortunately, he sustained a chest injury on the touchdown which sidelined him for the final two games of the season. As a second round pick, much will be expected of the young tight end in 2018. Shaheen is poised to break out and become Trubisky’s top target at tight end next season.

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3) DE Roy Robertson-Harris– Robertson-Harris was a second year defensive end for the Chicago Bears in 2017. Named team captain his senior season at UTEP (University of Texas at El-Paso), Robertson-Harris started all 12 games and led the team in quarterback hurries and finished his season ranked third on the team in tackles with 51 and had 2.5 sacks with 4 pass breakups .The standout player at UTEP went undrafted but later signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent in May 2016. After sitting out the 2016 season and being put on the illness/non-football injury list, Robertson-Harris made his NFL debut in 2017. Listed at 6’ 7” and 294 pounds, Robertson-Harris has the unbelievable measurables and potential to be a breakout star for the Bears in 2018. Recording 13 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 pass defensed in 2017, Robertson-Harris showed glimpses of what could be but he needs to find consistency to be the playmaker the Bears need on the defensive line. Look for Robertson-Harris to make the leap in 2018 and be a major contributor to a defense that hopes to be a top 5 defense next season.

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