Adrian Wilson in the mix to start

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    Adrian Wilson in the mix to start

    July, 23, 2014
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    By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com
    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago's signing of veteran safety Adrian Wilson in June slipped past some observers, with the pundits paying attention believing the team acquired a player no longer capable of consistently performing at a high level.

    The Chicago Bears obviously view Wilson differently. In fact, Wilson is very much in contention for one of Chicago’s two starting safety jobs, which are currently up for grabs.

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    “I’ve talked to Adrian enough to know he’s truly a professional,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He’s committed to the game and being great at the game. He’s got an opportunity to come back and play the game in a situation he thinks he can not only help our football team, but to continue to play at a high level. So we’ll see. We’re excited to have him. He’s been an outstanding player in this league for a very long time; one of the best to play this game.”

    The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Wilson caught the eye of the team’s personnel men with a strong workout in June, and one source within the organization believes if the veteran remains healthy, he could give Chicago’s secondary the intimidating presence it has lacked at the safety position in recent seasons. None of the contenders currently on the roster are as physical as Wilson, according to the source.

    However, Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler, missed all of the 2013 season due to injury. It was reported that Wilson suffered a torn Achilles, but the safety posted on Twitter recently that he was dealing with Haglund’s deformity, which is a bony enlargement on the back of the hell that rubs against and irritates the Achilles.

    In 181 career games, Wilson has racked up 978 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 27 interceptions, 106 pass breakups, and 13 forced fumbles in addition to recovering nine fumbles.

    “We brought Adrian in for a workout. It was obvious he still has a very good burst,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “In terms of how he moved around, the burst he displayed, the hand and ball skills, there [was] no reason not to sign him, to put him in the competitive mix. The position is wide open. If Adrian Wilson walks in here and he’s in football shape and, like the rest of them, stays healthy, he can claim the job. But he’s gonna have a fight on his hands.”

    The Bears lost last season's starter at strong safety, Major Wright, to Tampa Bay during free agency, and free safety Chris Conte will begin training camp on the active physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. The Bears signed veterans Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings, and Danny McCray during the early portion of free agency before bringing aboard Wilson late.

    Mundy took the majority of repetitions with the starters at strong safety during organized team activities and minicamps. But in Chicago’s defense, the safety “positions are essentially interchangeable,” according to Trestman, which means that Wilson could wind up playing either spot for the Bears, as could Mundy and the other candidates.

    “We want to find the best two guys,” Trestman said. “In other words, if Ryan and Adrian are both at the strong safety position on Friday, that doesn’t mean Ryan can’t go to free [safety] on Saturday and Adrian can’t be at strong safety. I’m not trying to get into how we’re going to start this thing. I’m just saying we’re going to move these guys around and try to find the best two guys that can play every down.”
     
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    Sounds like Wilson will get as good a shot at it as anyone else. Now with Conte out it may very well be his to lose if they do not want to open the season with a rookie. Still expect Vereen to get in sooner or later but a few games on the sideline to see a few games and NFL schemes may have some merit. Be interesting to see how it shakes out.
     
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    I could see Vereen and Wilson starting. Wilson has to prove he's healthy and can still play though. Reality is that Wilson isn't here as a security blanket, he'll either be playing or be cut. It's up to the younger guys to prove that he's not better then them.
     
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    I agree. No reason to keep Wilson around if he's not 100% fit to play by now.
     
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    I know age is a factor but if Wilson is healthy & at least 80% of the type of player he has been over his career, he is our best safety. The thing is we don't know the answers to those questions yet. The goods news is we will know the answers soon. If the answers are no to either one we probably let him go & we are no worse off than when we signed him. If the answers to both questions are yes we have one of our starting safeties who will make WRs think a bit when running across the middle. Something we haven't had for several years.
     
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    With a ruptured achilles, most players can not come back. That is what I thought Wilson had. He has achilles surgery, but from reading this it must have been some sort of urgery to help the bony growth clear the achilles.

    If that is the case, and he never really ruptured the achilles, his chances go from very low to very high IMO. The fact that they liked his burst and movement lend some credibility to not having a career debilitating ruptured achilles. If he is back to form, we just got ourselves a hell of a starter at S.

    All of a sudden that position is pretty decent. Of course I am just practicing wishful thinking right now, and he has to produce on the field, but at least he sounds like he might be able to.

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    Conte beginning camp on the PUP was pretty much expected as far as I was concerned and according to Emery they don't expect him to begin practices until after the first preseason game so were looking at another 2 1/2 to 3 weeks before he'll see any action.

    Hearing this about Wilson is good news indeed. I'd say the probability of him making the team is actually pretty good now and the longer Conte is out the better his chances get. As BJ posted even at 80% of his former self he's still gonna be a guy who can help.

    Wilson is another one of those guy like Ratliff who can be intimidating just standing there.
     
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    We need some of that fear factor. Preseason and camp will shed some light on what he can still do, but having a 6'3, 230 safety supporting the run game doesn't sound bad.
     
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    If he's got Haglund's, then he will likely have some issues during the year. Even if he can only help for part of the year, I'm glad he's here. Great career in AZ.
     
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    Hagland's deformity (assuming this is actually what AW has) from the little I've researched, seems significantly less debilitating and the long term outlook seems far better than an Achilles tear.

    Can you expand on why this might continue to nag him after taking around a year off and, I'm assuming, getting some of the best medical care and physical therapy Western medicine has to offer?
     

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