During the first day of organized team activities, the Chicago Bears have turned many heads with one of their new looks on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears seem to be experimenting in the secondary with cornerbacks Tim Jennings and rookie Kyle Fuller.
When Chicago’s first-string defense lined up in their nickel package, Fuller, the 14th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, was positioned on the outside while Jennings manned the nickel spot. Of course, this isn’t etched in stone. As of right now, when the Bears are on the field with just four defensive backs, it is still Jennings and Charles Tillman on the field. The switch between Jennings and Fuller will only happen in the nickel package so far.
Jennings, who re-signed with the team for four years at the end of 2013, said that he is happy to play the nickel and has been looking forward to doing so for quite some time.
This move by Chicago’s defensive coaching staff is a great one. There is no better way for Fuller to not only learn from two Pro Bowl cornerbacks, but to also get his feet wet and get some significant experience in the defensive backfield. Furthermore, playing Fuller on the outside in the nickel package will prepare him for the strong possibility of filling the shoes of Tillman after the 2014 season.
As stated before, Jennings and Tillman are still the top two corners on this team, and rightfully so. We’ll just have to keep an eye on Fuller and his performance throughout the remainder of OTAs and during this summer’s training camp to determine if he is actually good enough to supplant Jennings from his starting spot.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.