Chicago Bears Roster Review: Kyle Fuller
Sep 14, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller (23) runs after intercepting San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) (not pictured) in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game at Levis Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has quite a rebuilding project on his hands. In the next phase of our Chicago Bears Roster Review, we look at the players who are currently on the Bears roster. We’ll look back at their 2014 season and look ahead to how they might fit into the team’s plans in 2015.
Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, 23
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Dec 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a pass and is tackled by Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The best word to use when describing Kyle Fuller’s rookie season is promising. He showed flashes of excellence and sometimes held his own pretty well against some of the league’s best receivers. This includes Calvin Johnson, Jr., Dez Bryant, and Jordy Nelson. His season was plagued with nagging injuries, but he showed toughness by playing in every game. The future looks bright for the youngster.
He finished the season with 64 total tackles, 4 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. It was clear Charles Tillman taught him a thing or two, as we always saw Fuller going for a ball punch. He played hard all season.
In 2015, I expect Fuller to improve a lot. It was really good that he got a lot of practice against some of the league’s top receivers, because now he really knows what the NFL is like. Last year, he held his own quite well. This coming year, I expect him to be substantially better, but not quite at his full potential. I see him becoming an elite corner in 2016 or 2017. This season will be a year of big steps in the right direction. We have to be patient with a guy like this. He is still young. If I were Ryan Pace, I would sign him to a contract before he becomes great and hits the market.