Chicago Bears Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks

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Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports


Projected Starters: Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings

Reserves: Kyle Fuller*, Isaiah Frey, Kelvin Hayden, Demontre Hurst, Al Louis-Jean*, Sherrick McManis, Derricus Purdy*, CJ Wilson, Marcus Trice*

*Indicates rookie

Key Departures: Zack Bowman


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2014 is definitely a transitional year for the Bears secondary and no group will be better evidence of that than the cornerback position.  The Bears invested in Tim Jennings with a multi-year contract extension at the start their offseason moves.  They decided to bring Peanut Tillman back on a one-year deal, but with the mileage Tillman has logged, it’s very possible that 2014 could be his last.  Phil Emery decided to pass on selecting one of the top safeties to pick cornerback Kyle Fuller in the first round of the draft.

Mel Tucker devised an interesting approach to get Fuller on the field and ease him in.  While many thought Fuller would move into the slot position, Tucker will switch thinks up.  In nickel situations Tim Jennings will slide inside to cover the slot while Fuller will get on the field to play on the outside.  It sounds like a great way to get Fuller on the field and optimize Jennings’ aggressive, ballhawking style of play.