Shea McClellin Will See Time at Linebacker Next Year

Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune addresses the future of rookie linebacker Jonathan Bostic. As he does so, he drops a piece of news about defensive end Shea McClellin:

“[Bostic’s] future could be at outside linebacker, Emery has said, because of his ability to cover ground and tackle. And with the Bears expected to move defensive end Shea McClellin to outside linebacker in running situations next season, according to a person with knowledge of the Bears’ plan, McClellin, Bostic and Khaseem Greene are positioned to compete for the strong-side spot. If the Bears re-sign [D.J.] Williams, which they would consider if he is cleared medically, Bostic would have to battle for time at middle linebacker as well.”

The move of McClellin to linebacker isn’t completely unexpected but its going to have its draw backs. Instead of concentrating on one position, he’s now going to be responsible for learning two. This is something that players might have to get used to doing, at least situationally as indications are that the Bears are considering changing to a hybrid defensive scheme.

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