After missing all of last season with a hamstring injury, Chicago Bears’ cornerback Kelvin Hayden is determined to make an impact this season with the Bears.
Hayden was expected to be the starting nickle back for the Bears last season before his injury.
Entering training camp this season, it would appear that Hayden will be the backup to first round selection Kyle Fuller at the nickle back position. Fuller played with the first-team on Saturday in place of an injured Tim Jennings and that allowed Hayden to see some time with the ones at the nickle back position. Hayden impressed while playing with the first-team on Saturday as he recorded an interception on Jay Cutler during the first play of practice.
Hayden is looking to build off his impressive start to training camp.
“It felt good,” Hayden said. “Anytime you can have a turnover in practice it feels good. You just want to continue to build off that. Tomorrow is another day so you just want to continue to keep working.” -Kelvin Hayden, ESPN Chicago
In a league that is seeing a rising preference of three and four receiver sets, it goes without saying that the Bears need depth at the cornerback position. The Bears selecting Fuller in the first round gives the team quality depth at the cornerback position.
With Jennings and Charles Tillman expected to be the starting pair of cornerbacks, Fuller and Hayden offer a sense of depth that the Bears did not have last season.
Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman is excited about having Hayden back in the fold.
“We’re excited to have Kelvin back,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “We missed him last year. He’s back, and he’s work very, very hard to put himself in this position to compete for a job on this team. It was good to see him have success today.”-Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
If healthy, Hayden most definitely will have a spot on the Bears’ 53-man roster.