According to new defensive line coach Mike Phair, there remains an open competition for the starting defensive end spot opposite Julius Peppers.
Fourth-year pro Corey Wootton finished the 2012 season with the first-string defense but second-year man Shea McClellin will get an opportunity to earn the spot this year. With Wootton out of last Friday’s preseason opener against the Panthers, McClellin got the start and received quality playing time. If Wootton continues to battle health issues, that could open the door for McClellin to slide right into the starting lineup.
Whatever transpires between the two in the battle for the starting job, both figure to get plenty of reps during the season in a three-man defensive end rotation.
Bears’ Wootton must earn starting job