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Poles discusses locker room energy, rookie DBs stepping up

Bears general manager Ryan Poles
Bears general manager Ryan Poles

General manager Ryan Poles spoke with Jeff Joniak Sunday on the Bears pregame radio show on ESPN 1000 AM and 100.3 HD2 FM.

Heading into the Bears' Week 4 matchup with Denver, Poles discussed how he's seen the team stick together and find ways to make improvements on both sides of the ball.

"They've put a lot of their energy into finding solutions to become a better football team and to improve week in and week out," Poles said. "There's been some really good conversations about how we can get better and that goes for coaches to coaches, players to coaches and front office to coaches.

"It's all hands on deck and what you can't deny is the energy has been high. Guys have been energetic and again, enjoying each other in the locker room and out on the practice field because they're hungry to get that win and get this thing turned around."

The Bears secondary is dealing with multiple injuries ahead of Week 4 with safety Eddie Jackson and cornerback Jaylon Johnson ruled out for Sunday. On Friday, cornerback Josh Blackwell also joined nickel Kyler Gordon on injured reserve. 

Still, Poles is confident in rookie cornerbacks Tyrique Stevenson and Terell Smith to step up and compete at a high level against the Broncos. 

"I'm really excited about our young guys playing [and being] able to get in the games earlier this season as well as get quality reps in training camp. So both the guys are ready to go. You always love their traits — they're long, they're fast, they're both extremely tough and hard workers.

"They'll be dialed in. They'll have a tough challenge; obviously Russell Wilson is capable of doing damaging things as a thrower. They got a couple good receivers, so it'll be a good challenge for the guys, but I know they have the right makeup and skill level to compete.