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Is Major Wright ready for his close-up? The second-year safety from Florida played better in the second half of the season in a reserve role as a rookie last year. And that was enough for the Bears to give him a shot at the starting strong safety spot vacated by the departure of Danieal Manning, who signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans.

Wright had 31 tackles in 11 games last season, but 28 of them came in a six-game stretch from Week's 11-16.

''He played quite a bit last year,'' Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said Thursday when asked what makes him confident that Wright will take the next step. ''And he's an excellent tackler. He's got good ball skills. Plays in space well. Usually that second year in our system is when guys make a big step. So we take these guys, take them all together and work with them and the cream will rise.''

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I hope he could be a impact player like Bears of the past, Mike Brown and Gary Fencik. Some athletic, smart and a run stopper. He needs to be a big time hitter for this defense behind the linebackers. The Bears have big hitters at line and linebackers so Major Wright needs to bring the woods at the next level. Receivers should not feel comfortable running across the middle what so ever. Hoping to see Major improvement.

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