McCray practiced with the first-team defense on Wednesday and that was the case on Thursday as well.
During the early portions of training camp, there has been some sense of disappointment with how the Bears’ safety group has performed. That could be the reason why Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman opted to go with McCray over rookie Brock Vereen on Wednesday and Thursday.
“We wanted to take a look at [McCray],” Trestman said. “He’s been practicing well. We’ve said all along the safety position is wide open and we wanted to take a look at him with the first group today. We talked a lot about it yesterday. Like I said, like we’ve all said, I don’t think you should take any one day and start making decisions on who is playing that position, other than certainly the guys that we all know. But the safety position is wide open and Danny has worked to an extent that he gets a chance to get some work there, so that’s what we did today. -Trestman, ESPN Chicago
The safety unit is the most important unit for the Bears as the team enters the 2014 season.
The starting combination of Major Wright and Chris Conte struggled last season and that forced the Bears to prioritize the position this off-season. In addition to McCray, Mundy, and Vereen, the Bears have signed veterans Adrian Wilson and M.D. Jennings in an attempt to improve the safety position this season.
Conte remains sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery and will have an opportunity to earn his starting spot back once healthy.
Early projections had Mundy and Vereen as the starting safety combination for the Bears, though, the Bears continue to play with different combinations during practice.
The first indicator on what the starting safety combination may be will come next Friday during the Bears’ first pre-season game.