6. Bryce Callahan Will be the Nickel CB
Barring a bad camp and preseason, it’s clear that Bryce Callahan will be the Bears’ nickel CB this season. In a year, Callahan has gone from an undrafted rookie that no one gave much of a shot to make the roster, to the Bears starting nickel back.
Callahan made quite an impression towards the tail end of the season last year and showed that he wasn’t afraid of contact and was willing to come up at the line of scrimmage on running plays as well. Nobody was certain if the Bears saw it as a spike in good play or true potential. Based on the fact that the Bears made no effort to improve their CB position this offseason, they seem very content with Tracy Porter, Kyle Fuller, and Callahan.
If that trio struggles, the Bears’ pass rush better be impressive to mask their pass coverage warts, but Vic Fangio and company seem comfortable with this group of defenders covering the league’s wide outs. That is a significant question mark for the team, but one Callahan is motivated to prove was the right decision.