25-Year-Old Safety – Chicago Bears
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Conte provided decent IDP production as a 16-game starter at safety in 2013, netting 89 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. However, it was his lapses in coverage that made him more o...
Chris Conte Contract Information:
Signed a four-year deal with the Bears in July of 2011.
Making his preseason debut Friday against the Seahawks, Conte finished with a tackle and pass defensed but left the game in the third quarter with a concussion, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Chris Conte: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Conte is nearly five months removed from having shoulder surgery in late March, a procedure that limited him throughout the offseason. Now cleared to practice, Conte faces stiff competition for slotting at safety, where the Bears have added Ryan Mundy, Adrian Wilson, Danny McCray, M.D. Jennings, and Brock Vereen since last season. With that depth, Conte may be forced to battle for a roster spot, once he's able to resume full team activities.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Conte underwent right shoulder surgery in March, a procedure that came with a 4-to-5 month recovery period. While he hasn't updated his timetable to return, he's acknowledged that he's still recovering from surgery, a reality that could prevent him from being ready for Friday's start of training camp. With that in mind, it's possible that the Bears place Conte on their PUP list until he's fit enough to practice. Following a subpar 2013 season, his less than 100 percent health coincides with Chicago signing free agents Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings, and Adrian Wilson, while also spending a fourth-round pick on Brock Vereen this spring. As such, Conte faces stiff competition to earn a roster spot at safety once he returns.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Conte made dramatic improvements during his sophomore campaign, nearly doubling his tackle total and chipping in with two interceptions and five pass breakups. He showed some vulnerability over the top but should continue to rank among the team's tackle leaders while causing the occasional turnover.
After nine starts where he recorded an impressive 47 tackles, Conte figures to open the year as the starter despite missing the final few games with a foot injury. He'll have a great opportunity to put up fantasy number while playing centerfield in the Cover-2 defense.
Conte is versatile enough to play both free or strong safety, but the third-round pick is going to struggle finding playing time behind starters Chris Harris and Major Wright.