Buried on the depth chart but elevated to starting strong safety earlier this week, at least for a day, veteran safety Adrian Wilson’s role with the Bears remains unclear. It is clear that Wilson believes his track record speaks for itself.

“It’s my 14th year in this,” Wilson said Thursday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I hate having to answer questions about a preseason game. I just don’t feel I have to prove anything to anybody. I’ve got six Pro Bowls, three first-team All-Pros — why do I have to prove anything to anybody?”

He has to prove something because, contrary to the cliché, the NFL isn’t a “what have you done for me lately?” league. It’s a “what can you do for me right now?” proposition.