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Chicago Bears Day 11 Summary: Chris Harris hot

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Veteran safety Chris Harris missed some practice time, and he hasn't made very many notable plays.

But he was dialed in Wednesday afternoon.

Harris intercepted two passes, and he defended at least one other.

The Bears traded for Harris and hope that his veteran presence will stabilize a secondary that struggled in 2009.

Harris didn't do much to stand out earlier in camp, but he also had a strong night Tuesday, with an interception of Jay Cutler.

He wasn't alone, though. Al Afalava and Josh Bullocks also had interceptions.

Other notes and thoughts from today's practice:

* Cutler had a second consecutive shaky practice. But, like Tuesday night, Cutler made some outstanding plays, as well. He hit several receivers for huge gains, including running back Matt Forte, tight end Greg Olsen and receiver Devin Hester. But, his most impressive connection was with Johnny Knox, inside the red-zone. Cutler rifled a pass toward the right, front pylon, and Knox reached toward the sideline and brought the ball in, with cornerback Charles Tillman right on him.

* Caleb Hanie continues to perform well, and his most notable pass was to Desmond Clark on the left side of the end zone.

* It wasn't a physical practice, since the players were not wearing pads.

* Danieal Manning was able to return to practice, which is important since rookie Major Wright has made several notable plays in his absence.

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We all know the defense will always be ahead of the offense as far as training camp scrimmages go, but throw on top of all that the fact Chicago's offense is learning a whole new scheme. So the fact safeties Chris Harris and Major Wright are making plays is all good, but lets see what they do saturday during a live action game.

Major Wright needs to come on this season. Like I've said before, Wright's scouting report reads like your prototypical strong safety because of his physicality. But out of Chicago's current safeties, Wright is best suited for the free safety position with his speed and athleticism. As a three year starter at Flordia, Wright had 10 passes defensed, 8 ints, and 4 forced fumbles, so he's no stranger to playing the ball. Again, he needs to come on, I think Chicago's best safety combo would be Chris Harris at strong safety, and Major Wright at free safety.

As far as Manning, his best position is nickleback. Manning has never been a physical hitter, and has missed his fare share of tackles, so I don't know about playing him at strong safety? Maybe he'll pan out there, but I think Chris Harris is Chicago's best bet, especially in the box for run support. It should be interesting to see how it all unfolds GO BEARS!!

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