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How did McClellin perform in OTAs?

Posted Jul 15, 2014

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how Shea McClellin fared during offseason workouts, training camp information and the competition at strong safety.

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

How did Shea McClellin perform during OTAs and minicamp? I haven’t heard anything since reading the article about him slimming down.

Bob S.
Cape Coral, Florida

The Bears saw the athleticism and speed they expected from defensive end-turned-linebacker Shea McClellin in offseason workouts, but they also know it’s a whole different ballgame when the pads come on training camp. With that being said, the team is confident that McClellin will contribute most likely either at the strongside position in the base defense and/or at middle linebacker in sub-packages. I believe that they probably will move McClellin around to keep offenses guessing. I know he’s comfortable playing linebacker, so hopefully that translates into success on the field.

I am thinking about taking my kids to training camp and was wondering if they would be able to meet any players or get autographs. Also, are there any discounts for veterans?

Angie B.
Waterloo, Iowa

All training camp practices at Olivet Nazarene University are free and open to the public. Parking is free as well. There’s also an excellent opportunity to get autographs, especially with a kids only area near where a path that leads from the locker room to the field. You might be interested in Armed Forces Day on Aug. 4, where members of the military sit in a special section, but like I said every practice is free and open to the public. If you decide to go, I hope you have a great time.

Who is going to contest Ryan Mundy for the starting job at strong safety?

Nick P.
Arlington Heights, Illinois

It seems like the most likely challenger at that position will be veteran Adrian Wilson, who signed with the Bears a couple weeks ago after their offseason program had concluded. Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowler who displayed excellent ball skills and blitzing ability during 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. But he’s 34 years old and coming off a torn Achilles’ tendon injury that forced him to miss all of last season. So we’ll have to first see how healthy Wilson is before gauging his chances of earning a starting job in the Bears secondary.

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