Last season was a disaster at safety for the Bears. Chris Conte was beaten deep time and time again and Major Wright was no better underneath.
General manager Phil Emery went out and brought in a bunch of safeties but does this team still have two viable starters?
Brock Vereen was an absolute steal in the fourth round. He has a high football I.Q. and great instincts to play the position. Vereen will be a good starting free safety but you have to wonder whether it’s a good idea for him to start right away?
In a perfect world, Chris Conte returns to his form from two years ago. People who bash Conte forget he was a solid starter and his struggles had a ton to do with an overall poor defense highlighted by an abysmal defensive line. Conte will push for the starting role again once he’s healthy and should be motivated to be a better player than last season.
Ryan Mundy figures to be the starting strong safety but veteran Adrian Wilson can push him. Wilson is 34-years-old but could have a Lawyer Milloy type of run in him. If you remember, Milloy found new life with the Bills, Falcons and Seahawks after being cut late in his career.
If Wilson can’t prove he’s recovered from a torn Achilles and can still start then he really has no role on this team. Wilson isn’t a special teams player and that role is best served for M.D. Jennings.
Craig Steltz has been a part of this team for quite some time but this could be the end of his run. Vereen, Conte, Mundy and Jennings figure to be the four guys they will go with. They might keep a fifth safety but that could also go go Danny McCray