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How do Marshall's stats stack up?

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How do Brandon Marshall's career numbers stack up versus Bears' all-time receivers?

From Travis H. on Twitter

With 494 receptions for 6,247 yards in six seasons with the Broncos (2006-09) and Dolphins (2010-11), Brandon Marshall would be the Bears' all-time leader in both categories. He has a narrow lead of just two catches over Bears career reception leader Walter Payton (492). But Marshall has compiled 1,188 more yards than Bears all-time leader Johnny Morris (5,059). The only main category where Marshall would not be on top is touchdown receptions. He has 34, which would tie him for fourth with Mike Ditka (34) behind Ken Kavanaugh (50), Harlon Hill (40) and Dick Gordon (35).

How do you think that the Bears will address offensive line depth?

From Rob. H on Twitter

I think the Bears have excellent offensive line depth. As it stands now, three of the four players listed as second-teamers on the depth chart have NFL experience as starters. Those three are Chris Williams, who will serve as the swing tackle, Chilo Rachal at left guard and Edwin Williams at center. The only second-teamer who has not started an NFL game is right guard Ricky Henry. No one wants to lose a starter, but I think the Bears are in pretty decent shape should someone suffer an injury up front. The biggest question involving the offensive line entering the season has to do with how young tackles J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi will perform and develop.

What do you think will happen to D.J. Moore seeing how the Bears have signed so many new defensive backs?

From Eric B. on Twitter

I'm sure D.J. Moore would love to play some cornerback, but he's pretty entrenched as the Bears' primary nickel back. And I think he's perfect for the role. He has excellent ball skills and playmaking ability and is a good tackler who can blitz. Moore made an excellent play in a red-zone drill in Monday's practice, stepping in front of a receiver on an out front and intercepting a Jay Cutler pass. Moore led the Bears with four interceptions last season and very well could do so again this year. He's not considered a starter on the depth chart, but that doesn't mean he isn't a very valuable member of the team.

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