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5 Bears with something to prove

Updated: August 4, 2014 2:08PM



BOURBONNAIS — It’s a game week for the Bears. Well, sort of. Their first preseason game of four is Friday against the Eagles at Soldier Field.

A few days of game preparation should shed light on some of the ongoing competitions.

Keeping in mind that the Eagles are coming, here are five players we’re watching closely this week at Olivet Nazarene University:

S Adrian Wilson

There’s a legitimate chance that Wilson, 34, doesn’t make the team if he’s not a starter. He’s not a special-teamer such as Danny McCray or M.D. Jennings. He’s a five-time Pro Bowl player with a hard-hitting reputation.

It’s clear that Wilson still is working back after missing all of last season, but coverage will remain an ­issue for any defensive back when quarterbacks are off limits. Wilson has been with the first-team defense the last two practices.

QB Jimmy Clausen

Clausen seemingly hasn’t had a bad day all training camp. He’s been quick with his reads (an all-important factor in coach Marc Trestman’s offense), and he’s had some impressive zip on his throws (a sign that he’s healthy).

He has split snaps with Jordan Palmer with the No. 2 offense, but will that change with the Eagles on tap?

KR/WR Chris Williams

Williams’ speed has helped him push Eric Weems at returner and receiver. He also has won over his quarterbacks, making catches through traffic over the middle and down the sideline. As a result, Williams has worked his way into snaps with Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and the rest of the No. 1 ­offense.

But the most telling moments for the 5-8, 175-pound speedster might come against the Eagles, who will be allowed to hit him.

P Tress Way

Pat O’Donnell, the sixth-round pick from Miami, might have turned into “Mega Punt” at camp, but Way’s work is worth mentioning. Way simply has been more consistent. Being a draft pick, O’Donnell has the lead, but Way, who has a bond with Robbie Gould, might be able to kick his way onto another roster.

OL Michael Ola

Guard Kyle Long’s ­absence because of a viral ­infection has allowed the Bears to work Ola, Eben Britton and Brian de la Puente with their offensive starters. Ola is a curious case, having played for Trestman with the Montreal Alouettes. Britton’s hamstring injury and the Bears’ cautious approach with Long make this an important week for Ola.

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