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Shea McClellin is learning how to play linebacker and special teams for the Bears
Shea McClellin isn’t just learning how to be a linebacker for the Bears. The former first-round pick has been working on special teams for the first time in his career.
“So far, it’s been very positive,” special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said during mandatory minicamp this week. “He’s moved around really well. He didn’t play a lot of special teams here in the last few years because of his role as a defensive lineman, so it’s something new for him, but he’s really adjusted well.”
It’s McClellin’s adjustments playing linebacker that bear the most watching after being a hand-in-the-dirt end for his first two seasons. And, it’s so far so good.
“Shea McClellin’s process, the transition to ’backer, we played him at ‘Mike’ and we played him at ‘Sam,’ ” linebacker coach Reggie Herring said. “Right now, he’s kind of settling into the ‘Sam’ position because we feel like he’s really natural there. It’s really exciting.”
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said McClellin will be “a typical 4-3 linebacker for us,” buthis pass-rushing abilities won’t be wasted.
“I see him as probably more of a blitzer than maybe a four-down rusher,” Tucker said. “But he will have some edge-rush opportunities.”
If an every-down job isn’t won by McClellin, being able to contribute on special teams will be important, especially as a linebacker. He worked with the first kickoff unit during minicamp.
“His drill work has gotten better every week and I think he’s on the right track,” DeCamillis said. “I don’t know how many plays he’s going to play, that will all shake out when we get to training camp and see who’s the starters and who the backups are, but he’s on the right track.”