McClellin, the third year veteran out of Boise State, has made the transition from defensive end to strong-side linebacker, which is a position that he hasn’t played since he was in college.
In the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, McClellin appeared to be struggling as he missed a number of tackles and seemed to attack the offensive players with poor angles. However in the next preseason game, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, McClellin definitely had a much better day. He made four tackles in about two quarters of play including a tackle for loss. The now strong-side linebacker also looked impressive when going out in coverage, on wide receivers too.
The challenge only gets tougher for McClellin as he and the Bears will get set to play the Seattle Seahawks in their third preseason game. This should be good for every Bears player since they’ll be able to test their skill and give the coaches a solid evaluation on the state of the team. McClellin will have a chance to prove himself against the weapons that the Seahawks possess. Russel Wilson will offer up many bootlegs, as he did more than any other quarterback in the league last season according to Football Outsiders, and give McClellin among many Bears players a chance to face a non-traditional offensive approach.
With the beginning of the 2014 regular season drawing closer and closer, there is still lots of work and improvement needed out of both McClellin and the entire Chicago Bears defensive unit. Though it is promising to see McClellin showing some production, he’ll need more and he’ll have the opportunity to show more as the Bears visit Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Friday, Aug 22 at 9 pm.
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