Injuries have kept Bears rookie FS Major Wright from making the kind of progression some expected of him in 2010, but when PFW caught up with him on Thursday, the third-round pick told us that he feels like he's getting better each week. Wright missed the final three preseason games with a broken thumb and he injured his hamstring in Week Two, which kept him out of the next five games. He has 11 tackles this season and has rotated in at safety along with starters Chris Harris and Danieal Manning since he returned from the hamstring injury in Week Nine.
PFW: Now that you've been back for five straight games, do you feel more comfortable in this defense? Do you have a good sense of your role?
Wright: I'm definitely more comfortable. Getting game reps, it makes things different. (It's not like) just watching it. I think I'm getting better.
PFW: There are a lot of veterans on this defense, including some of your fellow safeties. Do they go out of their way to steer you in the right direction when you're getting reps at practice?
Wright: They're very helpful. I commend them on that — for helping me as much as they do because they really don't have to. That's not their job. They help me a lot on the field and off the field. Anytime I need anything, I can call them and they'll be there for me.
PFW: How would you describe MLB Brian Urlacher's leadership style?
Wright: He leads more by example. He's a very humble guy. He's a guy you can look up to and try to follow in his footsteps. ... He's a go-getter. He's one of those guys that studies film and knows what he's doing.