What does each cornerback need to show in training camp this season?
Fuller will be one of the most watched players in all of camp. Fuller struggled in his one season with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and was hurt all of last season. Now he enters the last season on his contract with everything on the line. He will have to not only show his understanding of the defense but also that he is physically back to his first round status.
Cooper has to show familiarity with the defense. He struggled last season across from Patrick Peterson, but now in Chicago, he has a chance to be the main target on defense. If he does not have familiarity with the scheme, or with where his safeties will be, there are going to be a lot of growing pains early.
Amukamara has always been stable as a starter. However, he has had trouble staying healthy in past years. It is why the most financial security he can find is a one year deal. Amukamara will have to try to prove that he has enough to make it through a full season for the Bears.
LeBlanc is going to try to win a starting job in the slot. While his roster status is not guaranteed, he progressed well enough last season to deserve a chance in the slot. Now that he has a defined role it will be interesting to see what kind of development he can go through.
Callahan will be LeBlanc’s main competition in the slot. Amukamara can go into the slot as well, and the Bears will shift their secondary around based on matchups. However, it will be those two fighting for a chance to see big snaps with the Bears.
McManis is a core special teamer. Any chance he has to stick on the roster revolves around how valuable he can be on special teams. Watch for whether or not the Bears are trying to move him off of the first team on any of the units.
Webb is likely to be insurance in the slot. He is undersized and is a long shot to make the team, but if he can get repetitions in the slot, he has an outside shot of making it.
Banks, like Webb, is undersized. He also has a great shot at making the team in the slot. Banks will be in a head to head competition with Webb for later preseason game snaps.
Reynolds has spent three seasons on the practice squad, so this is essentially his last chance to catch on with a team. The Bears roster has a lot of names, but a lot of question marks. Reynolds should be competing for his life this summer and has an outside shot to make it given the situation he is in.