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Bears’ Tim Jennings to play nickelback, with rookie Kyle Fuller outside
When the Bears drafted Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller, general manager Phil Emery talked about how the rookie would play nickelback in his first year.
Turns out, that’s going to be Tim Jennings.
Or at least that’s the plan, for now.
“We’re gonna try it out,” Jennings said. “We got to get Fuller out there, so I’ll move in on nickel packages and we’ll bring Fuller at the left corner.
“Hopefully, it’ll be a full-time thing. It’s a little different for me. I’ve got to get back to acclimated to playing nickel and playing two positions on defense.
“Once I think I get that going, it’ll be a good transition for all three of us.”
On nickel downs, the plan is for Charles Tillman to play right cornerback, Fuller left cornerback and Jennings nickel.
“It’s a little different,” he said. “You’re just another linebacker, an athletic linebacker.
“You have to be able to see a lot more things. You’ve got to be able to see a lot more backfield sets.
“It’s a lot more reads, a lot more keys, that you have to get. I’ve got to get used to seeing different people, different formations with my eyes and being able to see different things with my keys. It should be a couple days going out there I’ll be back in the groove.”
Jennings, who signed a four-year deal in January, was told of the switch last week.
“It’s all the same, playing corner,” Jennings said.
Jennings will continue to play cornerback when the Bears use three linebackers, the veteran said. When Fuller enters the game, Jennings will move to nickel.
“The thing about it is, it really doesn’t matter,” he said. “I’ve been kind of wanting to play nickel since I got here. So now that I have the opportunity, I’m kind of excited about it. We’ll see how it goes.
“We feel like we have to get Kyle on the field. We have to get him on the field running. 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.”