NFL Preseason Storylines Week 1: Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears, Rookie RBs Get Chances, First Look At Ndamukong Suh

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Aug 13, 2015 02:23 PM EDT
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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler #6 hands off to running back Matt Forte #22
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler #6 hands off to running back Matt Forte #22 during a scrimmage at OTA practice at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois on Wednesday, May 27, 2015."

1. How will the new Bears offense look?

Head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase are rebuilding the Bears passing attack, so Bears fans will be in for a show. The Bears drafted Kevin White but now it looks as if he will start the year on the PUP list. Alshon Jeffery will start but beside him will be Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson. Wilson and Royal's impact will mark the success of the passing game. The Bears will also most likely run a two tight end set with Dante Rosario and Martellus Bennett as Fox tries to maximize the use of Cutler's targets. Matt Forte should continue catching passes in the backfield and rookie Jeremy Langford will look to become Forte's heir. Lastly Jay Cutler should look better, after all Adam Gase is a quarterback whisperer. Cutler should have a more productive season than he has had in the last few years.

2. How will Ndamukong Suh change the Dolphins defense?

Suh will bring the majority of the pressure on this Dolphins defensive line. He will need to be double teamed regularly by the offense which should open up lanes for Cameron Wake and Jelani Jenkins making them more productive in the long run. Suh will make offenses pay attention to him and come up with new protection schemes to guard against him. This allows the rest of the Dolphin's defensive line a chance to shine.

3. When will DeVante Parker/Kevin White play?

Parker and White are potentially available for week 1 however foot and shin injuries have stunted their development. They may actually start later on in the season but it is a bit shocking that two of the biggest wide receivers in the 2015 draft may not play week 1.

4. How will the quarterbacks look?

Cutler has been a mess for a few seasons, and his interception totals are just getting worse. If anyone can fix what is going on with Cutler it is former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase was Peyton Manning's offensive coordinator during his first two seasons with the Broncos so maybe he picked up some crumbs of greatness he can pass on to Cutler. Ryan Tannehill on the other hand has been working on his deep ball all summer long. Now we can see if there has been any growth with the young franchise quarterback.

5. How will the rookie RBs fare?

Jay Ajayi has been surprisingly disappointing for the Dolphins. They have moved him down on their depth chart and have made Damien Williams their backup running back. Will the Dolphins even give him a chance to show what he can do in preseason? Jeremy Langford has been impressive in Bears camp. He will not take the starting job away from Matt Forte obviously however he will be a solid back up running back for the Bears until Forte retires or leaves for another team. Langford is being groomed as if he will be the next lead back for the Bears after Forte so it will be interesting to see what he can do. 

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