After his struggles during the 2013 season, Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte participated in practice with the Bears for the first time on Sunday since the team’s season ended against the Green Bay Packers.
Conte, who has missed the entire Bears’ off-season program while recovering from surgery he had on his shoulder in March, is determined to prove his doubters wrong in 2014.
“It feels good to be back playing football,” Conte said. “I’ve got a list. There’s a lot of things I want to do, and a lot of people I want to prove wrong. There’s a lot of goals I have, a lot of things that I’m looking forward to. But I’m taking it one day at a time.”-Chris Conte, ESPN Chicago
During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Conte shown flashes of being a legitimate safety for the Bears. Conte’s success at the position in 2011 and 2012 is what led to the veteran being a part of the Bears’ starting safety combination in 2014.
The list of people that Conte needs to prove wrong probably equates to the population of the entire state of Illinois.
Conte first needs to prove to the Bears that he is capable of being a starter once again. After facing no competition at the safety position last summer, Conte is set to complete with a plethora of candidates looking to replace him in the Bears’ starting safety combination.
Adrian Wilson, Brock Vereen, and Danny McCray are all among the candidates that Conte has to compete with to obtain a starting spot in the Bears’ secondary. Whoever wins that starting spot will likely be paired with Ryan Mundy as part of the Bears’ starting safety combination.
Conte’s first opportunity to secure a starting spot will come this Thursday when the Bears face the Jacksonville Jaguars in their second Pre-Season game.