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Bears look for stability at safety

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By Dan Parr

The Bears burned through eight different starting safety tandems last season as injuries and performance issues created a revolving door at the position.

While he took some poor angles in pursuit resulting in misses on tackle attempts in the open field as a rookie last season, the Bears appear confident Chris Conte will provide stability at free safety. There is a better chance for a camp competition to emerge at strong safety unless Major Wright takes a big step and shuts the door on giving rookie third-round pick Brandon Hardin an opportunity to unseat him.

A scout PFW contacted for an evaluation of Wright this offseason said he has been consistent, but consistent in this case was not necessarily to be taken as a positive. Wright, who started 11 of the 12 games in which he played last season, may need to show better technique and awareness, particularly in coverage, to avoid becoming the next Bears safety to lose a starting job.

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