I couldn’t have been more pleased to read today on ChicagoBears.com that second-year cornerback Zackary Bowman will be moved to free safety, where Lovie Smith feels he has a better chance at competing for playing time.
“We just feel like there’s an opportunity now to see if that’s [Bowman’s] best spot to compete,” Smith said. “He has great instincts playing the ball.”
Bowman, if you recall, was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance in a 48-41 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field last year. He also foiled any comeback attempt by the Vikings with a game-sealing interception on defense.
He’s got great athleticism, definitely what you need from a free safety, and one draft publication called him a possible sleeper last year because teams would shy away from him because of his injury history. As luck would have it, he wound up being placed on IR after that Vikings game, but if he can stay healthy, it definitely improves the safety outlook.
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