The transition from free to strong safety has been seamless thus far, but the true test will be when he has to back peddle against an opponent.
Garza exclusively worked at center during Wednesday's practice. He signed a one-year deal with the Bears in hopes of getting a chance to start at right guard. The bulk of the first string reps at the position have gone to Terrence Metcalf.
After cutting PK Nicholas Setta and S Jason Shivers, the Bears have 95 players on the roster with 11 exemptions from NFL Europe. The team will need to trim the squad to 80 players aside from any exemptions before the start of training camp.
With Bryan Johnson unable to practice as he recovers from foot surgery, Jason McKie is working with the first team offense. Considering Johnson's $1.07 million base salary this season, look for McKie to get a serious look at the fulltime role.
Newly acquired cornerback Rashied Davis has the hands to add depth in the secondary. He's coming off a 2005 season in which he caught 100 passes for the San Jose SaberCats.
However, his true talent lies in the return game. Last year, he led the Arena League with 24.1-yard kick return average and scored four times. This season the five-foot-10, 180-pound Davis returned six kickoffs for scores.
The bulk of the players allocated to NFL Europe have returned to Halas Hall. Among those on the field are QB Ryan Dinwiddie and RB Zack Abron. QB Kurt Kittner and WLB Derrick Ballard will start in the World Bowl on Saturday for the Amsterdam Admirals who will the Berlin Thunder.
The Bears are halfway through their organized team activities. There are two weeks of practices left before the players are given a break until the start of training camp on July 23rd.