Roundup: Bears open camp with new safety lineup

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears have changed their starting safeties 30 times since Lovie Smith began coaching the team in 2004.

Perhaps that’s the reason the Bears opened camp with Danieal Manning lined up at free safety and Kevin Payne at strong safety. The alignment is the same one the Bears used to end last season, and Smith might be searching for some consistency in what has been an ever-changing position, the Sun-Times reports:

”Danieal is getting more of the concept of this defense, and his overall football knowledge has improved a lot,” Smith announced. ”Sometimes it takes players awhile before they really get it, and I think Danieal has gotten it where it all makes sense to him.”

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