With one of the coolest names in all of professional sports, Major Wright of the Chicago Bears will go into the 2013 training camp as the unquestioned starter at the strong safety position. His status at the strong safety spot is less in doubt than in previous seasons, as the Bears, for the first time in the last nine drafts, passed on the opportunity to add yet another safety to the roster.
Coming off a 2012 campaign for the team in which he finished the season having started all 16 games for the team, as well as amassing four interceptions, eight pass deflections, one forced fumble, 52 solo tackles and 19 assists. Wright appears to be on the verge of becoming a household name for not only Bears fanatics, but NFL fans in general. With a reputation around the league as a hard hitter and rangy ball-hawk, Wright’s play and production appears to be on the rise as he enters into the last year of his rookie contract.
Looking for a payday with the Bears, Wright and the organization’s biggest concern going forward is with his health. Can Wright stay on the filed for another full season? Wright is a physical thumper that makes receivers pay a toll for crossing the middle. Nonetheless, having missed a total of nine games in his first two seasons in the league, Wright appears to be a is a high risk, high reward player.
As seen throughout the league over recent years, safeties such as Bob Sanders or former Bears All-Pro Mike Brown, due to their borderline reckless play, have shelf lives similar to running backs. Still, due to the Bears defensive scheme, Wright hasn’t spent much time as the eighth man in the box, therefore, decreasing his chances of injury.
Going into training camp, the Bears appear to be an early top-10 defense team in the league. With the secondary being just as vital to the success of the unit as the front four, Wright factors heavily into Mel Tucker’s defensive game plans.