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Thanks to Brian Urlacher and his illustrious Bears career we are just a few short hours away from kickoff in the first preseason game, one of 5 this year for the Bears. With that being said, the majority of this year’s presumed starters won’t leave the sideline, so let’s take a quick look at who we’ll actually be seeing on the field. These are the guys who will be fighting for their careers, so while the talent might not be there with everybody, the fire and intensity certainly will be. These are the players with the most to prove out there, so it should still make for an exciting game. With just over an hour until kickoff, I’ll keep this brief and let the results speak for themselves once the game starts.

Offense:

Anthony Miller

Any WTWF list for today has to have the rookie receiver on it. By all accounts he’s been absolutely electric in camp, and that includes reps he was getting with the 1’s. Expect him to see the field today, albeit in a limited capacity. One thing to watch with Miller today is how much space he’s able to create with what will amount to be the Raven’s backups. While his route tree at Memphis was limited, he showed a natural ability for creating separation. Let’s see if he can capitalize on what should be inferior competition tonight. He’s shown enough so far in training camp that he shouldn’t be on the field for too long tonight as the Bears won’t want to risk an injury to their rising star.

Kevin White

Overshadowed by the previously mentioned player, but still not to be forgotten is none other than Kevin White. There’s nothing really to be said about White that hasn’t been said before until he can start producing on the field. Look for him to get some solid playing time tonight to prove to the coaching staff that he can actually make an impact in a game-like scenario. White’s training camp has been pretty up and down so far, with what seemed to be nearly a 1:1 ratio of head-scratching drops to big plays. Consistency will be key to him getting touches in the regular season, so it’s important he can string some solid possessions together in this exhibition game.

James Daniels

The Bears’ other 2018 2nd rounder may be grabbing less headlines from his time in training camp, but he has still shown some solid play. Expect Daniels to get extended playing time tonight compared to Miller, as he’s been getting rotated in with both the 2’s and 3’s throughout camp. If Daniels wants to impress Harry Heistand and become a starter this season he’ll have to show that he’s head and shoulders above the backups he’ll be facing.

Jordan Morgan

Another guard looking to crack the rotation this year is the 2nd year mauler out of Kutztown. Playing tackle in college, Morgan truly dominated against weaker competition. He’s had a nice camp to date, and if he wants to secure a roster spot it all starts here.

Defense

Kylie Fitts

With so many questions marks surrounding the Bears pass rush this year, it’s high time we start coming up with some answers. One person hoping to be the solution to these problems is the 6th round rookie out of Utah. Injuries held him back from building much hype in his college career, but there’s no doubt that the talent is there. Nagy himself has called Fitts a standout from camp this year, so it’s important for him to do some damage on the edge tonight if he wants to carve out a role for himself in the OLB rotation.

Bilal Nichols

Even though he was drafted one round before Fitts, Nichols will inevitably have lower expectations surrounding him than the aforementioned player. Coming from a lower level of college ball, Nichols is mainly competing for a back-up role this year. With low expectations though come the biggest surprises, and Nichols could turn some heads tonight. If he can create some solid pressure in the interior he could eventually push for some play-time opposite Akeim Hicks on the defensive front.

Josh Woods

After coming in for a tryout in veteran minicamp, Woods played himself into a contract offer. The Maryland product is listed as a LB but he projects to be more of a hybrid type player specializing as a linebacker/safety mix playing in sub-packages. If he shows he can hang with NFL level talent he could be an interesting player for Fangio to work with.

Kevin Tolliver

After a couple of interceptions early in training camp Kevin Tolliver looked to be running away with the crown as the Bears top UDFA form this year before an injury sidelined him for a few practices. As a former 5-star recruit out of high school the athletic ability is there and the questions surrounding him and his draft stock were more related to off the field incidents. If he can flash the talent that had him so highly coveted coming out of high school the Bears could find themselves a steal that would provide some much needed depth in their secondary.

Bonus:

Lamar Jackson

Look for the former Heisman Trophy winner to have himself a night against 2nd and 3rd stringers. He was a 1st round pick for a reason and he should be able to run circles around most of the no-names taking the field tonight. One of the most dynamic players in all of college football the past few years, he makes it a virtual guarantee that the Ravens cover the spread tonight for all the gamblers out there.

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