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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
BE: Defenders to compete for jobs soon?

By Michael C. Wright
ESPN.com

Here are a few Bears Essentials to get you going this morning.

-- CSNChicago.com’s John “Moon” Mullin expects some players on defense to be competing for their jobs when the Bears return next week to Halas Hall to begin preparations for the Green Bay Packers.

-- ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson puts together his weekly Stock Watch here, and obviously backup quarterback Josh McCown is on the rise.

Here's what Dickerson writes about McCown: "Losing Jay Cutler for a minimum of four weeks because of a torn groin muscle is a tough pill to swallow, but McCown at least gives the Bears a chance on offense. McCown gave the Bears all they could ask for against the Washington Redskins with completing 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown. Can he do it again? That remains to be seen. But McCown is an intelligent player with 33 career NFL starts under his belt. We should all know by now that starting experience is a big factor when it comes to a No. 2 quarterback. McCown can still throw the ball reasonably well and has plenty of skill-position talent, plus a decent offensive line surrounding him. To steal a phrase from ex-Bears general manager Jerry Angelo: The Bears aren't likely to fall off the cliff with McCown at quarterback."

-- The injury to Cutler won’t scare the Bears into carrying more than two quarterbacks on the active roster, writes Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune

-- Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times isn’t buying the positive vibes being tossed around at Halas Hall in the midst of the team losing its third game in four outings while Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs are each expected to miss at least a month.