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Draft Scout Brock Vereen News
11/18/15 - S Brock Vereen signed with the New England practice squad Nov. 18. Vereen is the younger brother of former Patriots and current Giants running back Shane Vereen. The younger Vereen was a fourth-round pick with the Bears in 2014 out of Minnesota. The 5-11, 202-pounder played in all 16 games with four starts as a rookie and saw reserve action in the first three games this year before being released on Sept. 29.
11/14/15 - S Brock Vereen had his practice-squad contract terminated by the Vikings Friday (Nov. 13).
10/01/15 - S Brock Vereen was signed by the Vikings to their practice squad (Oct. 1). Vereen joins the Vikings after playing in three games this season with the Chicago Bears. He played in all 16 games with the Bears during his rookie campaign in 2014, starting four and recording 39 tackles (30 solo), one interception and one forced fumble. Vereen returns to the Twin Cities after spending his four-year collegiate career at the University of Minnesota.
09/29/15 - S Brock Vereen was waived by the Bears Tuesday (Sept. 29). Vereen started four games and appeared in 19 during two seasons with the Bears, totaling 38 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble on defense and nine stops on special teams.
06/19/14 - S Brock Vereen was selected 117 spots after the Chicago Bears celebrated getting first-round cornerback Kyle Fuller, but it was the fourth-rounder who turned heads the past two weeks working with the starting defense.
"He has great attention to detail," defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. "He's very sound from a technique standpoint. He's smart, he plays fast. He does not make a lot of mistakes. That's good to see. So I think it's arrow up with him."
Holdover starter safety Chris Conte is expected to return in training camp after shoulder surgery rehab kept him out of all offseason work. He wasn't even at Halas Hall, but that was because coach Marc Trestman said he sent Conte home due to illness. Safety Craig Steltz was in uniform for camp after offseason surgery but did not do much on the field.
"The more guys you add to the mix, the more competition there's gonna be," Tucker said. "So we're looking forward to getting Chris back out there, getting Steltz back out there. We'll roll those guys through and it'll be a fluid situation all the way through training camp."
The Bears are not locked into Conte as a starter if he's displaced in training camp. Chicago parted with their other opening-day safety starter in 2013, Major Wright, who signed to be a backup in Lovie Smith's defense with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Conte said his shoulder bothered him since 2012. Whether getting it fixed in April -- with at least a four-month recovery window -- makes him a more secure open-field tackler and better in downfield coverage is to be determined.
In addition to Vereen, the Bears signed former Packers starter M.D. Jennings and veteran Ryan Mundy, who was a spot starter with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants.
Vereen said he still feels like a rookie, even when he expertly executes a call in Tucker's scheme with many moving parts. He played cornerback at safety at Minnesota and in a division where five-defensive back personnel groups are co