Most around the league believe Chicago Bears’ veteran safety Adrian Wilson has something to prove.
After spending his first 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Wilson signed with the New England Patriots prior to the 2013 season. He was placed on injured reserve in August and was cut following the season. He signed with the Chicago Bears in the offseason as they continue to try to rebuild their secondary.
The Bears will get their first look at Wilson when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night but Wilson doesn’t think he has anything to prove.
“It’s my 14th year in this,” Wilson said via Mark Potash of The Chicago Sun Times. “I hate having to answer questions about a preseason game. I just don’t feel I have to prove anything to anybody. I’ve got six Pro Bowls, three first-team All-Pros — why do I have to prove anything to anybody?
“It’s the preseason, first game. I know it’s a part of the evaluation. Everybody goes through it. [I] just do what I have to do.”
Fellow safety Ryan Mundy has been impressed.
“You can tell he’s coming on, for sure,” Mundy said. “He’s starting to show flashes. He has a knack for playmaking, and you can see that on tape. So once he gets going, he’s definitely going to be there.”
Wilson was originally drafted with the 64th overall pick in 2001 NFL Draft and he quickly became one of the most feared safeties in football. In his last season on the field, back in 2012, Wilson made 54 tackles, 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and five passes defensed. In his 14-year NFL career, the former North Carolina State Wolfpack star has 894 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 27 interceptions and 101 passes defensed.