As if to underscore the fluid state of the safety position, the Bears for the first time on Monday went with a “heavy” package at the back end of their defense, pairing strong safeties Ryan Mundy (209 pounds) and Adrian Wilson (230) together in a “jumbo” permutation for the unsettled spot.
Mundy spent the offseason as the strong safety with the No. 1 defense, alongside rookie Brock Vereen. Danny McCray had replaced Vereen through the past several practices, and Wilson was inserted in place of Mundy with the No. 1 defense extensively over that stretch. Mundy was back on Monday.
Add in some reps for M.D. Jennings and the result is a cavalcade of safeties reminiscent of some full seasons for the Bears. At least this shuffling is by choice.
“We're moving guys around to make sure everyone has a fair opportunity, and there's nothing set in stone right now,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “We still have a month to go and so we'll continue to evaluate the players and watch the tape and make the corrections and then at the end of the day it'll all shake out.”
Kyle Long took snaps at his customary right-guard position on Monday but was limited. Coaches let Long run a couple of snaps, then inserted Michael Ola for Long, and Ola remained in as the right guard on the No. 2 offense.... Defensive end Jared Allen was excused for personal reasons and was replaced on the No. 1 defensive line by Willie Young...Kyle Fuller got extensive work at left cornerback, filling in for Tim Jennings (quad) in base packages and working at his usual outside spot in nickel. Kelvin Hayden remains the nickel corner with Jennings held out.