1. Peppers is as good as advertised from a pure talent perspective
Do not, however, buy into this idea that just having Peppers on the field is going to make the other 10 defenders better by osmosis, specifically Anderson, as fellow ends Tyler Brayton, Charles Johnson and Everette Brown combined for only 11.5 sacks in Carolina last season.
2. Harris better be ready to play a greater percentage of the snaps
Second-year pro Henry Melton got a lot of reps there in OTAs, as did Matt Toeaina, but Jarron Gilbert still doesn't fit in anywhere and might need to go to a 3-4 team so he can play five-technique defensive end.
3. The best battle of training camp may be at strong-side linebacker
Both Tinoisamoa and Roach are saying all the team-first things, and they've even spent some time together off the field, but while both of them are good enough to start in this league, there is only room for one more LB next to Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher.
4. There is precious little depth behind the starters at corner
While the best candidate to be the No. 3, Corey Graham, has the size and strength to succeed in this system, he is presently the nickel back in obvious passing situations and isn't getting very many reps at corner these days.
5. It remains to be seen if the safeties are any better than before
Just because the names and numbers have been changed doesn't mean the Bears are better off at safety now than they were in 2009, and the fact that the coaches continue to flip-flop the strong and free positions as liberally as they do feels like a more-of-the-same scenario.
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