Sep 28, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive back Brock Vereen (21) celebrates after intercepting a pass in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. The Hawkeyes won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears 2014 Outlook: Could Brock Vereen Start At Safety?

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The Chicago Bears had awful play from the safety positions. We have gone over that constantly. The team picked up some safeties through free agency. Then, in the draft, many expected the Bears to pick either Ha Ha Clinton Dix or Calvin Pryor. Instead, they went with cornerback Kyle Fuller. They addressed the safety position, but not until the fourth round, when they traded to pick Brock Vereen.

Usually, when a team selects a safety in the fourth round, it doesn’t bode well for that position. In Vereen’s case, it is different.

Vereen has been impressing the coaches during the offseason program. So much so that he has been working with the first team defense during the opening days of training camp.

Ryan Mundy looks to be the starter at strong safety, so the battle for free safety is on. Two of the competitors for the job, Chris Conte and Craig Steltz, are injured, so that opened up a spot for Vereen and he has taken full advantage of it.

I hope to make the most of it (his opportunity). I think just being in the NFL in general hasn’t really sunk in. But I’m just trying to show that I can be a contributing factor to the team.”

Vereen now appears to have a hold on the job. When Chris Conte come back, he will have the difficult job of trying to wrest the job that was his since he was drafted in 2011 away from Vereen.

“Brock has done a nice job,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “He has great attention to detail. He’s very sound from a technique standpoint. He’s smart; he plays fast. He does not make a lot of mistakes. That’s good to see.

“So I think it’s arrow-up with him. He’s doing an outstanding job so far. We’ll see how it goes. We have competition there. There’s nothing set in stone. So we’ll just continue to monitor him and the rest of the guys and we’ll end up with a good group I think.”

Bears fans are hoping it’s arrow-up for the defense. If it is, this could be a special season. Brock Vereen is doing his best to make that happen.

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