Buried on the depth chart but elevated to starting strong safety earlier this week, at least for a day, veteran safety Adrian Wilson’s role with the Bears remains unclear. It is clear that Wilson believes his track record speaks for itself.
“It’s my 14th year in this,” Wilson said Thursday, via 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?”
He has to prove something because, contrary to the cliché, the NFL isn’t a “what have you done for me lately?” league. It’s a “what can you do for me right now?” proposition.
After 12 years with the Cardinals, Wilson landed on IR last August during his first season with the Patriots. Thus, during his first year in Chicago, Wilson has to prove himself all over again.
“It’s the preseason, first game,” Wilson said. “I know it’s a part of the evaluation. Everybody goes through it. [I] just do what I have to do.”
We’ll find out tonight whether he does what he has to do with the starting defense, the second string, or the smattering of guys who’ll take the field when the benches empty in the second half. Eventually, we’ll find out whether he’ll be on an NFL roster when the regular season begins.