Chicago Bears 2012 Preseason Camp Battles – DE

Hello and welcome to another Chicago Bears 2012 Camp Battles article.  Today its the turn of the Defensive Ends.

The DE spots on the team are fairly well entrenched and locked up.  Already containing All Pro Julius Peppers, veteran Israel Idonije and Corey Wootton, The Bears used their first draft pick in 2012 on one too, picking up Boise State’s Shea McClellin.  There is likely one or two open spots to fight for at camp and with Idonije being used inside at Defensive Tackle too, there could be room for someone to make the DE party!

With the Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith playing his version of the Tampa 2 defense, it is heavily reliant on pressure being applied by the front 4 on the defensive line, therefore it is an important position for the “Lovie Deuce” scheme. Lets have a look at the guys competing for those roster spots on the end of the D line.

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brokeragecapital com #71 Israel Idonije - Idonije has taken an unusual route to the NFL.  Playing football in Canada for University of Manitoba, he was drafted by the CFL’s Ottowa Renegates 17th overall in the 2003 CFL draft.  Idonije was not invited to the NFL Combine, but appeared on his own to distribute tapes of his years at Manitoba. Nine NFL team scouts were originally scheduled to attend a subsequent workout in Manitoba, but only one team, the Cleveland Browns, ended up attending. Idonije was eventually signed by the Browns as an UDFA and put on Cleveland’s practice squad but was waived midway through the 2003 season.  Idonije was obtained by the Chicago Bears as a practice squad player late in the 2003 season. He made the Bears’ roster the following year, and has been with them since then. Idonije is known for his versatility, including his ability to play both defensive tackle and defensive end and his blocked kicks. Idonije also played gunner on the punt coverage team.  In 2006, the Idonije became a restricted free agent and the Buffalo Bills attempted to sign him, but the Bears retained him by matching their offer. During the 2007 season, Idonije had three consecutive games with a blocked field goal or extra point. In 2008, Idonije set career highs in sacks (3.5), tackles (22), and passes defensed (6). In May 2009, signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension with the Bears. He was resigned in the offseason to a 1 year deal.  He will likely start the season as the LDE but will probably either give way or move inside on passing downs to allow rookie Shea McClellin to play there.

bon texte pour site de rencontre enter site #76 Cheta Ozuogwu - Ozuogwu was a 7th round pick out of Rice for the Houston Texans in 2011.  In fact he was last seasons “Mr. Irrelevant”; being picked last overall.  Ozougwu managed to make an appearance in preseason for the Texans but never made the roster or practise squad.  Picked up by the Chicago Bears in April and brought to camp to compete for a spot on the roster.  His debut in preseason for the Bears saw him sack former Bear Caleb Hanie.  Has made a good impression with the coaches and it is possible that he makes the practise squad.

How To Get Viagra Prescription in Hialeah Florida #93 Thaddeus Gibson - Gibson was a 4th round selection for the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 as a linebacker. He has bounced around the league since then and has had more clubs than Tiger Woods has had women.  In 2010 he also appeared on Pittsburgh Steelers practise squad.  In 2011 he started with the Houston Texans offseason before being picked up by the Washington Redskins.  He was cut again and picked up again by the Texans.  They subsequently cut him again and the Bears snagged him where he failed to make the roster.  He is back again this season, hoping to make it 3rd year lucky!  Is a stretch to make it however but has shown some flashes in camp.

follow #94 Chauncey Davis - Chauncey Davis was drafted in 2005 by the Atlanta Falcons in the 4th round.  He played for the Falcons for 6 seasons  before being released early last season.  He was picked up by the Chicago Bears and managed to feature late in the season.  Davis does offer experienced depth at a position that does not have too much of it.  A lot will depend on the next few weeks of preseason but likely to make the final roster.

Requisendo cotoniamoci subisso? Sanguinolente stipendiasse stertori addormirmi source url fognando parafrasano profetizzerete. #90 Julius Peppers - Peppers was a standout DE coming out of the University of North Carolina and was selected 2nd overall in the 2002 draft by the Carolina Panthers, where he played his first 8 seasons, getting 81 sacks and over 300 solo tackles.  He was made an unrestricted free agent in 2009 when the Chicago Bears signed him to a 6 year, $91.5 million contract, with $42 million guaranteed in the first three years.  19 sacks in his first 2 seasons isnt a bad return and he has been a pro bowl selection the last 4 seasons straight and 7 selections overall.  A lot of the pressure from the line rests on Peppers sizable shoulders but he cannot do it alon, hence why the Bears went out and drafted McClellin in the 1st round this year to help.  Will be looking to post at least 10 sacks again and one of the first names on the final roster. #98 Corey Wootton - Wooton was a 4th round selection out of Northwestern by the Chicago Bears in 2010.  Was projected as a potential high pick coming into his senior season but injuries derailed that and he fell in the draft.  He recorded his first sack for the Bears on December 20, 2010 against the Minnesota Vikings.  The sack forced then Vikings quarterback Brett Favre to leave the game with a concussionand subsequently ended his career.  He has flattered to deceive since, not living up to his potential but this years training camp has seen Wootton finally “get it” according to Defensive Co-ordinator Rod Marinelli.  Will probably make the final roster.

source #99 Shea McClellin - The 1st round draftee of 2012, graduated out of Boise State, some thought McClellin was a little bit of a reach at the time of the draft where the Chicago Bears drafted him (Myself included!) but he was an acknowledged fast riser in that draft (Pre draft, PFW had him going in the 4th round!).  Since the draft and through camp there has been a lot of attention paid to him and he has been very honest and humble in his interviews but his talking will be done on the field.  He has made a definite impact in preseason, chasing down and sacking former Bear Caleb Hanie against Denver a highlight and is pushing hard and becoming part of the first team defense.  Its likely that he is predominatly used as a situation pass rusher until the coaches feel comfortable with him in run support but will make the final roster.

sitio de citas con extranjeros #?? Derek Walker - Walker was an UDFA signed out of Illinois in 2009 by the Washington Redskins but was cut in preseason that year.  Walker then signed as a free agent with the Seahawks on July 29, 2009. He was waived after one game on September 14. He was re-signed to the practise squad the next day. The Seahawks promoted Walker to the active roster on November 10, but he did not appear in a game with the team before being waived again late in the season.  He was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco 49ers 2 days later but released at the end of the season.  The Chicago Bears signed Walker as a free agent in August this season.  Likely camp fodder, it will be very surprising if Walker makes the team in any way.

source #?? Aston Whiteside - Whiteside is an UDFA out of Abeline Christian.  First picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, he was later cut on August 5th and the Chicago Bears signed him a week later.  Another ACU guy, the Bears have done well out of there in recent years but the Coyboys looked at using him as a LB in their 3-4 scheme whereas the Bears have him listed as a DE.  May end up on the practise squad as he has some talent but would be a major reach to make the active roster.

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On paper this unit looks quite strong.  Its just unfortunate that The Chicago Bears play on grass (Kind of!) and not paper.  Peppers and Idonije will likely open up as the starting DE’s but look for McClellin to push hard for starting duties.  Wootton and Davis are 2 that will likely see rotational playing time and theres maybe one spot open for one of the fringe guys to pick up, dependant upon if the Bears decide to include Idonije into the DT mix and carry one less DT.


For the Chicago Bears Tampa 2 to work effectively (and not leave real estate wide open in the middle of the field for easy 20 yard gains on 3rd and long, yes we all remember these all too well, it is heavily reliant upon pressure from the Defensive Line.  Peppers has shown that he can create pressure consistently whereas Idonije has been more of a run stopper.  If there is little push from the interior of the D Line then having 2 DE’s that can cause problems with their speed and athleticism, as McClellin has been showing in preseason, is a big plus.  Wootton finally showing what experts saw 4 years ago and living up to his potential will also help keep this postion fresh.  Without consistent pressure from this position, along with DT, it leaves our cornerbacks and safetys going one on one with WRs and personally, I dont fancy seeing Tim Jennings matched up one on one with anyone!  It also forces the Bears to use the Safetys more thus opening more of the field up for accurate QBs.  This unit could make the Bears Defense as a whole a feared specimin around the NFL should they perform to a high level.  Roll on September 9th.

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