Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Checking in on Bears' battle at left DE
By Tom Carpenter
2012 first-round pick Shea McClellin remains in a hotly contested battle with Corey Wootton to be the Chicago Bears' starting left defensive end. It's a battle that will rage on throughout this week, as the Bears prepare to face the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I gotta be honest with you, I don’t know what the opening day starting situation is,” Emery said, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “I think that is going to be earned through the week. I think they both have shown good upside in terms of what they are capable of doing. They’ve both made plays. I’ve certainly seen development in both Corey and Shea. Best man wins."
Not surprisingly, just because one of them will win the starting job, that doesn't mean the other will simply ride the pine. Emery noted that, "The other one is going to be on the field a lot."
It appears they are in good shape at the position in the short term. Eventually, though, McClellin should develop into the starter and Wootton likely will move on, as he is entering the final year of his contract. Behind them on the depth chart are rookie Cornelius Washington and David Bass, who was swiped off waivers from the Oakland Raiders this weekend.