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When the Bears let safety Danieal Manning walk away in free agency, it was with the confidence that Major Wright would be able to step up to the next level.
So far, it hasn't appeared that Wright was up to the task.
It's early, and judging a young player on the preseason and one regular season game can be a little unfair. But this isn't pee-wee football. These men are paid an exorbitant amount of money to perform and Wright is not playing for a defense that has previously shown much patience in waiting for defensive backs to develop.
Further complicating the issue for Wright is that he has two-time Pro-Bowler Brandon Meriweather waiting in the wings, ready to swoop in and take his starting spot.
This could very well be the week that it happens.
The Bears will face one of the league's elite passing attacks—and make no bones about it, Drew Brees will be looking Wright's way a lot. The young safety will have his hands full.
He'll also be required to help contain rookie rusher Mark Ingram, veteran running back Pierre Thomas and scat-back Darren Sproles. Major has had a rough time so far this year in run defense, taking poor angles and making uncharacteristically poor tackles.
That is a cardinal sin for safeties in Chicago and if Wright doesn't prove to be more sure-handed attacking the run, he could find himself spending far more time on the pine. Meriweather isn't exactly fierce in run defense either, but if neither is going to provide an advantage against the run, the Bears will have to field their best coverage safety to limit the damage—and that would be Meriweather.
If the Saints are able to get their anemic running game going against the Bears, it will be a long day for Chicago and likely a short day for Wright.
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