Watch: Safety Adrian Amos new Bears starter

We discuss the elevation of Bears rookie safety Adrian Amos to the starting lineup and what the move means for both Brock Vereen and Ryan Mundy.

The Chicago Bears have elevated rookie safety Adrian Amos to the starting lineup, according to the team's unofficial depth chart.

Amos was inserted into the starting lineup this past weekend following a strong outing in the preseason opener. He’s arguably the best cover safety on the roster and it’s clear the Bears want to give Amos, this year’s fourth-round pick, a long look with the first team.

“He's earned where he is,” head coach John Fox said. “He's earned that and we'll go from there.”

Amos is an athletic safety with good range and ball skills. He’s still a bit raw but Chicago’s coaching staff loves his upside. It’ll be up to Amos to make the most of this opportunity and secure a starting gig.

This move sends Brock Vereen, who struggled mightily in the preseason opener, to the second team.

Yet Amos’s elevation also says a lot about Ryan Mundy, who hasn’t sniffed the starting lineup since voluntary minicamp. Mundy was a 16-game starter last season who led the team in tackles and interceptions, yet the Bears are intent on finding someone else to start alongside Antrel Rolle.

Mundy is a solid player but he doesn’t appear to be in this coaching staff’s long-term plans. Instead, they’d much rather Amos emerge as a viable first-team option.

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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