Chicago Bears: 5 breakout candidates who could be cut too early

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The Chicago Bears have a sneaky good chance of being a contender this upcoming season. Most of the national media may not believe it, but if a few things go right, these Bears could be right back in the thick of the NFC contenders.

Of course, the biggest factor in all of this is when Justin Fields takes over as the team’s starting quarterback. Most believe he will end up being a great quarterback in this league, but it’s about when he’s going to get his shot at this point.

Head coach Matt Nagy has continued his support for Andy Dalton as the starter, but more recently kept the door open to start Fields sooner than he had originally planned. If Fields ends up starting in Week 1, the Bears could be off and running to a special season.

Beyond Fields, the Bears have many more additions they’ve made this offseason who could all pay big dividends for them. The team is going to see some intense competition at many positions, not just quarterback.

Due to heavy competition, could the Chicago Bears be missing out on potential future breakout players?

A team can never have enough talent, but at times, it’s hard to see that talent before it blossoms. The Bears have a lot of young guys they’ve kept around for a couple of years, and also some whom they’ve recently signed. But, the reality is, not all of these guys will be on the team in 2021. That’s just the nature of the game.

Some of these younger players might end up helping the Bears down the road, but if they do not get their opportunity to stick on the roster, Chicago won’t see that happen. Instead, some of these players will go on to make an impact on other rosters.

The Bears have five players, in particular, who fit this mold. These guys are young and talented, but the Bears may end up cutting them before a real impact is made.