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Shea McClellin | Linebacker | #58

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Shea McClellin worked primarily at defensive end during the Patriots' offseason program.
McClellin entered the league as a defensive end, but he spent the last two years playing as an off-ball linebacker. It seems as if the Patriots like him better as a pass rusher. He is too slight to play defensive end full-time, but he should fill a role in sub packages. Mon, Jun 27, 2016 09:12:00 AM

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ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects newly-signed LB/DE Shea McClellin to be used in multiple spots.

McClellin played as an off-the-ball linebacker in his last two seasons in Chicago, and that is likely where he will line up most of the time with New England. He came into the league as a pass rusher, however, and he was seen lining up at defensive end during OTAs. McClellin is too slight at this point in his career to be a full-time end, but he could certainly help out in sub packages.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 11:01:00 AM

Patriots signed LB Shea McClellin, formerly of the Bears, to a three-year contract.

The 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, McClellin never found a home in Chicago, shuffling between defensive end and outside linebacker to eventually inside linebacker in 2015. He was a below-league-average starter on the inside last year with the Bears. McClellin is still only 26 years old, and the Patriots have a knack for maximizing players' strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. Following the retirement of Jerod Mayo, McClellin could find himself in the mix to start at middle linebacker between SLB Jamie Collins and WLB Dont'a Hightower.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 10:06:00 PM

Free agent LB Shea McClellin is visiting the Seahawks on Tuesday.

The ex-Bear visited the Jets last Friday. McClellin is a man without a set position, and would have to earn a starting job wherever he ends up.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 04:27:00 PM

Free agent LB Shea McClellin is visiting the Jets on Friday.

The Chicago Tribune reports McClellin could "still return to the Bears." Going on 27, the 2012 first-rounder has flopped both on the inside and out at linebacker. Wherever he ends up, he'll likely begin 2016 as a reserve.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 04:40:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune believes the Bears are interested in re-signing ILB Shea McClellin.

"We like Shea," GM Ryan Pace said Thursday. "We feel like his arrow is still pointing up, especially at the inside linebacker position." McClellin shifted inside last season, but was scarcely more effective than he was on the edge. He turns 27 in August. Reporter Dan Wiederer expects the Bears to let the open market establish McClellin's value.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 07:54:00 PM

Bears ILB Shea McClellin is week to week with a concussion.

McClellin missed three games earlier this season with a knee issue. Making the transition from outside linebacker, McClellin has been a dud on the interior of Vic Fangio's defense.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 03:06:00 PM

Bears DC Vic Fangio said ILB Shea McClellin (knee) has a "50/50" chance to play Monday against the Chargers.

"I watched him today out there. He got some action," said Fangio. "I think it’s 50-50." McClellin hasn't played since spraining his knee in Week 5. He's made a smooth transition to inside linebacker after starting his career as an outside linebacker/defensive end.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Bears ILB Shea McClellin (knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 8.

Once viewed as a first-round draft bust, McClellin came on as a run-stopping inside linebacker early in the season under new DC Vic Fangio. He's been out since Week 5 with a sprained knee.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 02:58:00 PM

Bears ILB Shea McClellin (knee) is considered week-to-week.

The Bears are promoting ILB Jonathan Anderson from the practice squad. He could conceivably get the start next to ILB Christian Jones in the Bears' 3-4 scheme. McClellin has received plus marks from PFF for his run defense.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 09:16:00 PM

Bears ILB Shea McClellin suffered a left knee injury Week 5 against the Chiefs.

McClellin injured the knee on the first play of the second half. He rode the cart to the locker room and did not return. McClellin was spotted with a brace on the injured knee in the locker room after the game but was able to walk without assistance. We would say McClellin's status will be updated throughout the week, but the Bears have been ridiculously tight-lipped about injuries so far this season.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Bears DC Vic Fangio wants to see Shea McClellin at inside linebacker.

"He has been hindered, I think, by being moved around," Fangio said. "Maybe it's time to lock him down into hopefully an inside linebacker spot." McClellin has struggled to find a position after being taken with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, failing at both defensive end and outside linebacker in the Bears' old 4-3 scheme. Fangio will give him a shot on the inside in the new 3-4 defense, but he is unlikely to beat out Mason Foster or Jon Bostic for a starting job.
Sat, May 9, 2015 01:31:00 PM

The Bears will not pick up OLB Shea McClellin's fifth-year option in 2016.

McClellin, the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, has done nothing to warrant the Bears picking up the $7.8 million tab for 2016, even if it's guaranteed for injury-only. McClellin has struggled to find a position at the NFL level. Drafted as a pass-rushing 4-3 end, he has just 7.5 career sacks through 40 games.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 01:42:00 PM

The Bears will try Shea McClellin at inside linebacker in new DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense.

The 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, McClellin failed as an early-career defensive end, and also failed to impress at strong-side linebacker last year. Simply an overdrafted tweener, the Bears would be lucky to salvage McClellin as a passable starter under Fangio. McClellin will compete for playing time against Mason Foster, Jon Bostic, and probably a draft pick.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 07:52:00 PM

The Bears are unsure what Shea McClellin's role will be in their new 3-4 defense.

The Bears ran a 4-3 under Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman, but that will change with John Fox at the helm. McClellin switched to outside linebacker last season after playing defensive end his first two years in the league. McClellin has experience on the inside from his time at Boise State but profiles best as a weak outside linebacker. 2015 is the last year of McClellin's rookie contract.
Thu, Feb 19, 2015 08:36:00 AM