In a move that is somewhat surprising at first mention, but understandably sensible the more you hear it, the Bears moved veteran Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings from the outside into the middle at nickel back. Rookie Kyle Fuller lined up on the outside at cornerback.
The move makes great sense because Fuller has more natural speed and size to match up with the opposing offense’s more physically gifted wide receivers. Jennings, on the other hand, is a ball hawk who will have more chances to make plays on the ball and find himself in the right position to catch deflections and scoop up fumbles.
Jennings, a humble pro, said he welcomed the switch and lauded the younger Fuller.
“I’ve been kind of wanting to play nickel since I got here,” Jennings said. “We feel like we have to get Kyle on the field. So whether he has to play corner or I have to play nickel, we all have to take our jobs and do what they ask us to do and hopefully we can turn this thing around.”