WMBD/WYZZ-TV - BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The bears have only been in training camp four days but fans are already talking about this team being in the playoffs.
And the players are talking about it, too.
"We're definitely contenders," said Peoria Richwoods grad Sherrick McManis. "Right now all we can focus on is ourselves. Getting ourselves better, focus on the little things, come out and improve. And we'll see where the cards may fall."
McManis is a cornerback on a retooled unit that is hoping to be much-improved from the 30th ranked defense it was a year ago.
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