The distinct feeling is that the Bears are holding the door open for Chris Conte at free safety.
The run of injuries early in 2013 were the undoing of the defense and GM Phil Emery made a fortifying that position group a mission statement of its own.
Versatility is critical in any number of position areas and the Bears are counting that quality in an offensive-line group trimmed to just eight in the cutdown to 53 players, i
Martellus Bennett is a proven every down tight end, Matthew Mulligan is a sledgehammer and Dante Rosario is a core special-teams player. The Bears need all three.
Starters: Matt Forte, Tony Fiammetta