Several NFL stars will endure much pressure heading into the 2015 season. The question remains, who are they?

By Bryan Pol

Trending live earlier Tuesday morning on Twitter was #NFLPressure, as part of a segment on Mike & Mike on ESPN 2 and ESPN Radio, by which Greeny and Golic discussed players who were facing the most pressure heading into the upcoming NFL season.

Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler, no longer toiling under head coach Marc1nfl2 Trestman, fired after last season’s disappointing 5-11 season, faces tremendous pressure in a division that still contains far better teams in the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.

Trestman, an offensive guru signed in the 2015 season as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator, was brought in for the sole purpose of encouraging growth in Cutler.  Now, those reins are handed to head coach John Fox, formerly of the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos.  Also part of Fox’s staff is his former offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Although Brandon Marshall departed via trade to the New York Jets, the Bears still have sound options in wideout Alshon Jeffrey, tight end Martellus Bennett, and pass-catching tailback Matt Forte, along with rookie sensation Kevin White, who, due to a shin injury, will unfortunately be staring the season on the PUP list.  Cutler has a razor-thin margin for error in the Windy City.

Despite what is known of Cutler’s pressure-filled 2015 campaign, several other NFL stars face a great deal more stress heading into the upcoming NFL season.

Here are the Top 5 NFL players facing pressure heading into 2015:

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