Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte named top-10 in NFL

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Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.

Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.

Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.

Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?

Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every position – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.

The series continues with a position that has become a centerpiece of a good defense – safety. It’s no coincidence that teams like Kansas City and Seattle saw their fortunes turn on that side of the ball when they added a great, young safety to their roster; in today’s game, it’s a vital player on the field, one who can make an impact against both the run and the pass. For proof of its importance, check out the contracts being handed out to safeties this offseason.

To see the list of the top-10 safeties in the NFL right now, click here.

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  • dwire

    After last year…Conte? This writer has no clue. This is based off stats and not off the eye test. With that, I have to say people have short memories. Conte became extremely hesitant as the season went on last year… but he was pretty damn good in 2011-12. He played well as a rookie and then upped his game his 2nd year – even with a dislocated shoulder.

    In short, last year Chris Conte lost his confidence.
    The guy just had surgery. He deserves a slight reprieve. Rip on him if it happens 2 years in a row. Last year was pitiful for the entire defense. After Collins blew his ACL, that was the worst I’ve seen a Bears defense… ever. That means something to me because I’ve followed this team since the mid-70’s.. (I have fleeting memories of Doug Buffone). There were a LOT more issues than Chris Conte that cost the Bears the playoffs and the NFCN crown. For one, re-due Emery’s 1st draft and replace McClellin with Chandler Jones… still not over that one.