When the Bears drafted Kyle Fuller with their 14th overall pick, some fans were surprised and disappointed. Many of them still had a bitter taste at the poor safety play that cost the team a division title. They also remembered how teams gashed the middle of the defensive line. The corners were good, and with Charles Tillman coming back, why pick up another corner?
Well, general manager Phil Emery knows that there is not much left in Tillman. He also saw the talent Fuller has. He felt Fuller would be able to make an immediate impact on defense. He knew he could not let him pass without getting him.
Fuller is rewarding Emery and the Bears for choosing him. He has been nothing but impressive during rookie camp, OTA’s and now training camp.
Fuller intercepted two passes during camp on Friday, showing his ball hawking ability. That was a trait the Bears fell in love with when analyzing him.
Emery said he wanted to get young, athletic players who had the ability to find the ball. Fuller is doing just that.
“It was a good start for Kyle,” head coach Marc Trestman said. “That was a tremendous play he made in the first series of the day. The second one we had the wrong route but he was in the right place and made the play. That’s a good thing. He was around the football. That’s a good start for him today.”
During the entire offseason program, Fuller has played with the first team nickel unit. He has done that during training camp as well. He plays opposite Tillman, moving Tim Jennings to the slot. If that continues, he will certainly make contributions right away this season.
With all the accolades so far, Fuller just wants to get better. “I had a good start, but I definitely have a lot of work to do,” Fuller said. “I definitely enjoy coming out here and competing with guys like Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery every day. They are making me better.
“I just try and come out here every day and show the coaches what I can do. My goal is to just get better, and whatever happens, happens.”