Projected Chicago Bears' Final 53-Man Roster, Pre-Training Camp Edition (safety)

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    1. Ryan Mundy
    2. Brock Vereen (Rookie)
    3. Chris Conte
    4. Craig Steltz
    Despite the need to improve the safety position, general manager Phil Emery opted to improve his defensive line in the hopes that added pressure up front would alleviate the pressure placed on the safeties.
    The starting safety duo last season of Chris Conte and Major Wright struggled, and the team opted not to bring Wright back. Conte remains with the team, but after offseason shoulder surgery his return for training camp is up in the air.
    "Yes, he may be on PUP [to start training camp]," Emery said of Conte to the media this offseason, per ESPN.com. "But in terms of that first preseason game, we expect him to be [ready]. Obviously we're talking about a healing and rehab process. It's always a little bit of a non-predictor, but our best-guessed estimate and medical evidence would say that he'll be ready for the first preseason game."
    With Conte sidelined, rookie Brock Vereen has stepped into the free safety role, alongside offseason free-agent signing Ryan Mundy at strong safety.
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    Not only will Conte have to prove he is healthy, but he will also need to prove he can bounce back from his bad 2013 season.
    “I’m always going to remember [last season], but it’s just something to grow from,” Conte said to the media after the Bears' first day of OTAs, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. “You’ve got to move on. You can’t worry about [stuff] for the rest of your life.”
    To address the strong safety position, the team signed Ryan Mundy to a long-term deal this offseason, and it appears he is the front-runner for the starting job.
    The team re-signed veteran Craig Steltz and signed veteran Danny McCray earlier this offseason. Chicago also most recently signed five-time Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson to a one-year deal.
    Steltz and McCray both give the team stellar special teams contributions but haven't had much success as starters in the NFL. Wilson was, at one time, one of the best strong safeties in the game, but age and injuries have caught up with him in recent years. This may be his final opportunity to prove he can still play at a high level.
    Since Mundy appears to have a lock on the strong safety job and Wilson likely will not add much on special teams, Steltz should get the nod for the final safety spot because he can play strong safety and be a major contributor on special teams.

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