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Bears’ Ryan Mundy out to ‘solidify’ safety
BOURBONNAIS — Through minicamp and the first four days of training camp, Ryan Mundy has remained the constant in an otherwise-scrambled safety position. He’s played with the first team at strong safety, and could even more to the free safety spot if the team deems late addition Adrian Wilson a worthy thumper.
Monday, one day before the Bears’ first off day at Olivet Nazarene University, Mundy said he was proud of the way the position group was meshing.
“I think we’ve done a real good job of coming together as one,” he said. “They brought in a lot of new pieces, but we’re all veteran guys who have played at a high level for high-quality organizations for a long time. That makes it easy.”
With Chris Conte (shoulder) and Craig Steltz (groin) on the Physically Unable to Perform list, the unit is filled with new faces. Mundy, a former Steelers and Giants player, signed a two-year deal this offseason; former Packer M.D. Jennings and five-time Pro Bowler Wilson were added on a one-year contract; and the Bears drafted Brock Vereen.
Mundy said the defense is “having a good camp,” forcing about a dozen turnovers through the first four days at practice.
The Bears want to take four or five safeties into the season, and have said the two positions are interchangeable.
“I know they’ve tried a lot of people at the position, but I’m excited about the opportunity,” Mundy said. “I think that’s why I’m here — to come out here and help solidify the position and get our defense back to where it needs to be.
“That’s a great opportunity for me. Nothing is set in stone right now so it’s just a great competition for all of us, which has been well documented this entire offseason.”