Which newcomer will make biggest impact?

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Larry discusses which new Bears player will be the biggest contributor this season, if Kyle Long is guaranteed a starting job and expectations for the Bears offense.

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With all the new additions, who do you think will be the biggest contributor?

From Kevin C. on Twitter

Of all the new players, I think that tight end Martellus Bennett will make the biggest impact this season. He will give the Bears offense the type of weapon it has lacked since Greg Olsen departed, and Bennett is a more complete tight end in terms of excelling as a blocker. I expect Bennett to have an excellent season contributing on what should be a dynamic Bears offense.

Will Kyle Long have a guaranteed starting job heading into training camp?

From Jared P. on Twitter

No, I don't think that Kyle Long will open training camp with a guaranteed starting job, even if he is the Bears' first-round draft pick. He, like everyone else, will have to earn his position in training camp and the preseason. That's especially true with offensive linemen, who are difficult to evaluate before the pads come on in camp. Plus, Long will have to make up for lost time after being prohibited from participating in most of the Bears' offseason program because his college class had not yet graduated.

What can Bears fans expect from Marc Trestman's offense?

From Dustin R. on Twitter

If offseason practices are any indication, you can expect a fast-paced, high-tempo offense that spreads the ball around to different players and uses every inch of the field. Watching practice, it looks like someone is pressing the fast-forward/search button. I also think the Bears will make more adjustments from week-to-week depending on their opponent's strengths and weaknesses.

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