In Need of Special Help

Heading into training camp the Bears will be without a proven return man. For the past three seasons Chicago had the luxury of relying on Pro Bowl return man Glyn Milburn. However, four weeks into last season Milburn's productivity began to decline and was subsequently released.

Autry Denson took over return duties and averaged 23.2 yards, which was ninth in the NFC, but failed to break long runs. His undoing in Chicago came in the Divisional Playoffs against Philadelphia. With the Bears trailing just 23-17 in the 4th quarter, Denson, fumbled a kickoff all but ending any chance for a Chicago come from behind victory. He was not re-signed this off-season.

R. W. McQuarters sparingly returned punts before Leon Johnson became the full-time punt returner following Milburn's departure. Johnson performed admirably but his performance last season does not guarantee him the starting gig heading into camp. Johnson is expected see an expanded role in the backfield with the departure of James Allen.

The Bears have several options for returners that include Johnson, David Terrell, Dez White and Ahmad Merritt. The Bears need to find someone to provide the big plays that they lacked on special teams last season.

Another interesting prospect is Delaware wide receiver Jamin Elliot, who was the Bears 6th round pick. Elliot posses 4.5 speed and returned kicks in college.

Speed Camp The return game could get a little help from former NFL standout Don Bebee, who will conduct speed drills with select Bears players. Bebee, along with Dr. Jeff Shot, formed House of Speed and conduct speed camps across the nation with kids, young adults and professional athletes. Bebee will work with the team two times a week through June.

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