3 Chicago Bears Players That Need To Step Up In 2015

For John Fox to have a successful first season as Chicago Bears head coach, these next three guys will have to pick up their games and start delivering big time. Here's our list of 3 Chicago Bears Players That Need To Step Up In 2015.

RB Matt Forte

Forte is entering a contract year as he closes in on his 30th birthday in December, meaning that he's headed towards free agency on the perceived downslope of a running back's career. Chicago needs him to have a banner season for the hope of its own offense, but he needs to step up in order to boost his value on the free market next winter. One thing in his corner? New offensive coordinator Adam Gase knows how to maximize the value of his running backs.

QB Jay Cutler

Cutler's 18 interceptions in 2014 were his most since his turn as a gunslinger in his first year in Chicago (2009). Some of those picks weren't all his fault, but the fact remains that he's got a stigma attached to him now that he needs to shake off. First-round pick Kevin White gives him a new, young athletic weapon to build chemistry with. If he can use that to turn the ship around after a frustrating go-around last season, the Bears could easily be playoff bound.

SS Ryan Mundy

New GM Ryan Pace is already putting his stamp on the team's secondary, with fifth-round pick Adrian Amos reportedly being considered for the fast track to starter status. If that's the case, projected strong safety starter Ryan Mundy could see his job disappear in the final year of a two-year deal. Again, this is a case where the Bears need his production and he needs to perform to stabilize his value heading into free agency.

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