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The Current State of the Chicago Bears’ Secondary

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The Current State of the Chicago Bears’ Secondary Post-Fuller Injury

Kyle Fuller, a cornerback from Virginia Tech, was drafted 14th overall in 2014 by the Chicago Bears.  He quickly became a bright spot in a below average secondary with 4 interceptions in his rookie season.  Last year, per Pro Football Focus, he was the 5th-least targeted cornerback in the league.  While some of this may have been attributed to the quality of his teammates, he has proved to be a solid defensive back for the Bears.

However, he suffered a knee injury in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason.  Coach John Fox called the injury “week to week”, with Adam Hoge of WGN Radio saying he was expected to miss the rest of the preseason but to be ready for Houston in Week 1.  Assuming the injury does not get worse and that the initial evaluation is accurate, he shouldn’t miss any regular season time, but even with Fuller, what kind of shape is the Bears’ secondary in?


Chicago’s secondary was thin to begin the preseason, and it’s only gotten thinner.  While Fuller should come back by Week 1, the Bears have also lost Bryce Callahan to a hamstring and Jacoby Glenn to a concussion.  Coach Fox knows his team is full of young, inexperienced cornerbacks that need to learn and grow, and he’s been looking for them to “just to do their job” at this point.  “Yeah, just how they execute what we are asking them to do.  It’s everybody’s assignment and if they execute their assignment and if everybody does that in one play, it usually looks pretty good,” said Fox of what he looks for in his young corners.

The Fuller injury may be a blessing in disguise, as it does give more experience to the inexperienced corners on the squad.  Currently the second team in the secondary looks to be Callahan and De’Vante Bausby at cornerback with Deon Bush and Chris Prosinski at the safeties.  This is a training camp battle to watch going foward, as the third team of cornerbacks Sherrick McManis and 4th round pick Deiondre Hall and safeties Demontre Hurst and DeAndre Houston-Carson figure to be close behind the twos.  Jacoby Glenn’s injury, while unfortunate, may have earned him a pink slip.  The older one is Prosinski at 29 with McManis close behind at 28.  Mostly everyone else is either 22 or 23, with Hurst being slightly older at 25, which is still young.

As Fox said, the secondary is young and needs to learn and separate themselves from the rest of the backups in order to make the 53-man roster.  At this point, it seems like any of those mentioned have a chance at being on the second team.


As it stands, the starters for the Bears at cornerback are Fuller and veteran Tracy Porter, with the safeties being 3rd-year starter Adrian Amos and the unheralded, Harold Jones-Quartey.  Fuller figures to continue to be the leader of the secondary and be the #1 cornerback, but Porter has also impressed this preseason, including a red-zone strip against the Patriots on Thursday.  “I thought he did a great job of putting his hand in there and pulling it out…but we have been stressing it, and I think Vic [Fangio, Defensive Coordinator] and his staff, and it’s good to see it happen in games,” said Fox of the play.

Porter being a league veteran should also help the young players behind him learn the game.  Amos is an underrated safety and should be solid in the back for Chicago, but it remains to be seen what Jones-Quartey will do when he steps onto Soldier Field in a real regular season game.


Continued injuries, especially to the starters, would devastate Chicago’s secondary.  Fuller and Porter will need to lead the secondary and teach the young players behind them, who have a young fire in them to prove themselves and prove they belong in the NFL.  In all likelihood, some players previously mentioned will be released, which is a shame, but it’s part of being in the NFL.  One player to watch is Hall, as if Fuller misses more time than expected, he could be the surprise starter.  Chicago is thin, but young, and all are yearning to prove themselves.