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Another Option at Safety

"Manning is a unique cross between a physical strong safety-type player who excels closer to the line of scrimmage, and a dynamic kick returner. Those two usually don't go together but Manning has been able to excel at both positions. And considering the Bears have had Devin Hester in the fold for the last five years - (Hester and Manning were both second-round picks of the Bears in 2006) - Manning has been good enough to take a few kick returns away from Hester, who is arguably the best return specialist of all time. Despite the rule changes on kickoffs, which could decrease the value of that position, Manning has been good enough in the past to assume he would still make a few plays in that role." As Eatman points out, Manning seems to be more of a SS type and not a centerfield safety like we need. With that being said, he still seems to be an interesting option since he fills two positions in SS and KR. Personally, I like Manning, but some people may view him as more of a run-stopping safety instead of a ball hawk. Living near Chicago I've seen plenty of Bears game and have noticed this guy every game. Whether it's through the return game or in the secondary, the guy makes plays and as we all know, we've been missing a playmaker at the safety position since a young Roy Williams/Darren Woodson. I just posted this because I wanted to see what BtB's opinion was on this guy. As for my opinion, I view him as a nice backup option if we fail on Huff or Weddle.

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