Bears safety Chris Conte ready after off year, offseason
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter August 10, 2014 9:34PM
Bears' Chris Conte intercepts the first ball thrown during the 2013 Bears' training camp Friday morning in Bourbonnais. | Michael R. Schmidt~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 12, 2014 6:28AM
BOURBONNAIS — After rehabbing his right shoulder and some self-described soul-searching in the offseason, Bears safety Chris Conte came up with a list.
“It’s a lot of things that I want to do, a lot of people I want to prove wrong,” Conte said.
“So there’s a lot of goals I have, a lot of things I’m looking forward to.”
Conte practiced with his teammates for the first time Sunday since undergoing surgery in late March for a lingering issue that hampered him in 2013.
The Bears wasted little time in adding him to their wide-open safety competition.
Conte participated in team drills with the No. 2 defense, seeing some snaps with veteran Adrian Wilson.
“I guess I’m somewhat limited,” Conte said. “They are kind of easing me back into it, and hopefully I’ll get back on the field as soon as I can in games.”
Conte’s confidence has been questioned after a tough season that ended on a dismal note when the Green Bay Packers exploited a blown assignment in the season finale to earn the NFC North’s playoff berth.
How would Conte sum up his offseason?
“A lot of soul-searching,” Conte said. “A lot of time focusing on myself, both physically and mentally. It was a good time for me to get better in a lot of different areas.
‘‘Hopefully, I’m a better person and a better football player.
“I learned to keep people close to me that I care about and always know that the people that support me are the only people that really matter.”
With 40 starts in three seasons, Conte remains a formidable contender in a safety competition that he said is filled with “a lot of good guys.”
“I want to be better than I was and help this team win a championship,” he said.