- Associated Press - Saturday, August 2, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bears have a wide-open competition at safety so far in training camp.

Through the first eight days of practices, the Bears have used several veterans at filling both safety spots.

And it’s possible some players who are not even dressed at this point will be part of the mix before camp concludes.

The Bears’ defense dropped to 30th in the league last season and the safety play lacked consistency both in pass coverage and stopping the run.

Former New York Giant Ryan Mundy, rookie Brock Vereen, former Dallas Cowboy Danny McCray and 34-year-old former Arizona Cardinal Adrian Wilson have all been tried at the starting safety spots in camp.

“The rationale is it’s an open competition, we’re going to move people around, and you’re going to see that throughout training camp and the exhibition season,” coach Marc Trestman said.

Vereen and Mundy played the spots with the starters through most of organized team activities and in the first five days of camp.

Then Trestman put Vereen with the reserves and put McCray alongside Mundy. McCray was largely a special teams player in four years with Dallas and had 10 starts, all in 2012.

“It’s a big opportunity,” McCray said. “I think that’s what we’re all here for - open competition. They’re just rolling people around to see who can make plays.

“Everybody has an equal chance. They’ve shown that throughout OTAs and minicamp.”

It’s not surprising to Mundy that McCray would get consideration even if he was regarded chiefly a special teams acquisition.

“He brings a high level of energy to the game,” Mundy said. “He’s very active around the ball. He knows how to get the ball out and that’s something that we value here in our defense - getting the ball out.”

Vereen said he can’t be too concerned about being moved to the second team after so much time spent with the starters.

“In my mind, I’m still a rookie who has to prove he belongs on the 53-man roster,” the fourth-round pick from Minnesota said. “I’m far too young to even worry about starting, not starting, whatever. In my mind I still need to prove I’m worthy of being on this team.”

Looking at all the veterans, Vereen acknowledged he’d like to be a starter from Day 1.

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