Bears have depth issue when it comes to cornerback
It is the wrong time of year to be hanging a HELP WANTED sign in front of the building if you are an NFL team and you’re looking for some help at cornerback.
The Chicago Bears are believed to be monitoring what is available at the position. They’re not actively shopping but will assess any possibilities that could provide some competition and perhaps an upgrade on a roster that needs one.
As Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reports, the Bears feel good about what they have in terms of starters with Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman. As we noted here last weekend, the Bears have flip-flopped Tillman and Bowman, ostensibly making the younger Bowman their top corner now on the left side. That’s subject to change, but it’s how they spent the entire minicamp.
It’s what the Bears had to evaluate elsewhere at the position that made the ranks look thin. They have an issue right now because there isn’t a No. 3 cornerback that sticks out at you. In fact, there might not be a No. 3, instead a collection of No. 5’s. With Tillman and Bowman both having injuries in their pasts, that makes it a tricky proposition for Chicago.
Tim Jennings, signed in free agency in March, got the most look as the third corner. Keep in mind, the Indianapolis Colts chose not to tender him as a restricted free agent and Bill Polian isn’t one to regularly let talent walk out the door. Jennings is very small – he’s about 5-8 – and that is the same problem the club has with D.J. Moore, a fourth-round pick in 2009. While a candidate for the under 5-9 basketball league, Moore doesn’t look the part of an every-down corner in the NFL and worse he struggled to carve out a niche for himself on special teams last season.
Corey Graham is currently getting work at the nickel position, along with Moore. Graham got plenty of playing time in 2008 and then fell out of favor after defensive backs coach Jon Hoke arrived. Two intriguing possibilities are Woodny Turenne, the undrafted player from Louisville who spent most of last season on the practice squad, and Josh Moore, the fifth-round pick this season from Kansas State. Both have decent size but could take some seasoning to truly be ready.
Every team is going to have issues with depth somewhere on their roster. From the outside looking in, the Bears have a host of questions at cornerback after the starting two. Whether or not they add anyone to the mix remains to be seen. There isn’t much to pick from at this time. Cornerbacks, especially those with size, are a commodity. The Bears real hope here is that Tillman and Bowman remain healthy.
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