By: Brennen McMann
It has been a roller coaster ride for Kyle Fuller and the Bears these last 4 years.
Kyle Fuller started his NFL career with a bang as a rookie. Playing in all 16 games, the former first round pick recorded 65 tackles, 10 pass deflections and 4 INTs. Bears nation was thrilled to have a potential top corner taking over for Peanut Tillman, but the two years to follow were not what we expected at all.
In his sophomore season, Fuller went through the sophomore slump, so to speak. He didn’t regress as a player, but he also didn’t make any improvements. He had inconsistent play that was very frustrating. One week he would come out red hot, while the next week he looked like an average player. Obviously there was still hope since he was only in his second season, but it went downhill fast from there.
The 2016 season was a nightmare. First, Fuller went in to get a scope on his knee and was going to be sidelined for what many said just a few weeks. Then, the Bears placed him on the PUP list, raising many questions. Fast forward into the season, Bears are not having a great season, but we were excited to hopefully get Fuller back out there… NOPE. Fuller ended up on IR and missed the rest of the season.
People were not happy including Defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio. Fangio questioned Fullers love for the game and how much he wanted to play. It looks like Fuller did some real soul searching this past offseason because he came back with a vengeance! He shut down just about every receiver that he had to cover.
Fuller loaded up the stat sheet with a astounding 70 tackles, 22 pass deflections and 2 INTs. The interceptions number is a little deceiving because Fuller dropped a good amount of picks. He came on strong last season and was a force every game.
Ryan Pace smartly declined his 5th year option because we had no idea what Kyle Fuller we were going to get. There was even the possibility of Fuller missing the roster when final cuts came around in 2017.
The time has come for Pace to pay the man. He has helped make a good defense a great defense. Pace needs to take out the checkbook and pay Fuller. The Bears have ample amount of cap space and can double what they have with a few cuts.
The Chicago Bears are on the rise and Kyle Fuller is a big part of it.