March 24th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Chicago Bears safety Major Wright wasn’t a major contributor last season, but he could potentially be one this season.

Wright appeared in 11 games last season for the Bears. He made 24 tackles. He didn’t get much playing time because Chris Harris and Danieal Manning did such a solid job in the secondary.

Danieal Manning isn’t under contract for the upcoming season, but the Bears clearly want him back. If Manning doesn’t return expect Wright to get his spot next to veteran Chris Harris.

Wright, a third-round pick  from the University of Florida surely has to be excited about the possibility of starting next season. But did the Bears truly see enough of him last season to just hand him the job right away.

We all saw that the potential in Wright, but could he turn into another Craig Steltz or Adam Archuleta, two safeties who had high exceptions coming to the Bears, but failed to succeed.

Wright has solid instincts, hands and tackling ability, but he was hit with the injury bug early last season. A hamstring injury plagued Wright last year and he started to gain valuable experience on the field in the safety rotation with Chris Harris and Danieal Manning.

If Wright stays healthy he will get that shot at the starting job that he deserves. Danieal Manning seems unlikely to be returning to the Bears at this point, so Wright is the next player in the line at safety.

Major Wright will take that next step next season, depending on the improvement that he shows in the off-season. Major Wright knows what he has to do and he will likely succeed.

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