7:19 AM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014

Rookie to watch: DT Ego Ferguson

With the start of training camp closing quickly, let’s take a look at the three Chicago Bears rookies most poised to make an impact in 2014. It’s no surprise that every one of the rookies to watch are defensive players. In an effort to shore up the league’s worst rushing defense (161.4 yards per game) in 2013, the Bears used two draft picks to add youth to the interior, starting with second-round pick Ego Ferguson. Behind starters Jeremiah Ratliff and Stephen Paea, the Bears aren’t teeming with proven depth at defensive tackle.

Pre-camp check: Defensive tackle

Overview: Season-ending ACL tears to Henry Melton and Nate Collins left the Bears exceedingly thin at defensive tackle last season. Determined to avoid a repeat scenario, the Bears spent two early draft picks to inject some youth and increase depth at the position, LSU’s Ego Ferguson (2nd round) and Arizona State’s Will Sutton (3rd round). Both rookies, along with re-signed veteran Nate Collins, are expected to fight for spots in the Bears’ defensive tackle rotation behind projected starters Jeremiah Ratliff and Stephen Paea, after the club allowed Melton and DT/DE Corey Wootton to...

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