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Will Kyle Fuller challenge for starting job?

Posted Sep 6, 2017

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the likelihood of Kyle Fuller challenging for a starting cornerback position, why Mitchell Trubisky is not the Bears' No. 1 quarterback and if the offense would be scaled back if Trubisky entered the season opener.



Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Do you see Kyle Fuller challenging for either of the two starting cornerback positions? I thought he performed well in the preseason games.

Kevin B.
Grayslake, Illinois

The Bears released their first depth chart of the regular season Wednesday and Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper are listed as the two starters. I don't anticipate that changing in the near future. However, Kyle Fuller stepped in when Amukamara sustained an ankle injury on the first play of the third preseason game in Tennessee and possibly could see a lot of action in Sunday’s season opener against the Falcons depending on Amukamara’s status. The veteran cornerback did not practice Wednesday, leaving his availability for the opener uncertain. In any case, Fuller has bounced back after missing all of last season while recovering from knee surgery. Here’s what Bears general manager Ryan Pace had to say about Fuller this week: “Talk about a guy who has persevered through injury. He’s shown that he’s healthy. You can see that his movement skills have improved. He’s playing confident right now. He’s set for a big test this weekend; all of our secondary is. But I’m just proud of the way he’s come back and persevered through those injuries.”

If Mitchell Trubisky has done well enough to be the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback, why don’t they just let him start and gain some on-the-job experience?

Peter H.
Oak Forest, Illinois

The Bears have been pleasantly surprised with Mitchell Trubisky’s development, but the plan all along has been to groom the rookie first-round pick behind starter Mike Glennon, and their confidence and faith in Glennon has only strengthened in recent weeks, especially after his performance in the all-important preseason game in Tennessee. The Bears game-planned for that contest like it was a dress rehearsal for the regular season and Glennon responded by posting a 102.5 passer rating. Asked Wednesday why Trubisky isn’t the team’s starting quarterback, general manager Ryan Pace said: “We like Mike Glennon. With preparation for the Titans game, he played very well. He’s a very smart, intelligent player. There’s a lot that went into that evaluation. He has a lot of experience that we’re leaning on. He was voted a captain for a reason by that locker room. We’re ready to watch it unfold.”

If Mike Glennon gets hurt Sunday and the Bears have to put Mitchell Trubisky into the game, do you think he will be operating a watered-down playbook or will he have the team’s full complement of plays at his disposal?

Rich K.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains revealed this week that the Bears would not limit the plays that are available to Mitchell Trubisky, but just like with any quarterback, they would select a group of plays that give him the best chance to succeed. Here’s what Loggains had to say about the offense under Trubisky: “We wouldn’t scale it back. It would be different, absolutely, just because he and Mike have different skill sets. One thing we try to take pride in and try to do a good job of is making sure we are always playing to our guys’ skillsets. His skillset is a little bit different than Mike’s is in some ways and so versus each opponent that could change, but we utilize him a little bit differently than we would Mike.”

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