25-Year-Old Cornerback – Chicago Bears
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
Fuller was a first-round draft choice by the Bears in 2014, but after sitting out the 2016 campaign with a knee injury, his fifth-year option for 2018 was declined. Chicago signed a pair of cornerback...
Kyle Fuller Contract Information:
Signed a four-year contract worth $9.687 million with the Bears in May 2014.
Fuller missed Friday's practice with a calf muscle injury, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After being selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Fuller was one of only four NFL players to record six interceptions and three fumbles over the last two seasons. However, his 2015 season saw him produce an underwhelming two interceptions, and he wasnít the dominant player that the Bears expected to see after spending a premium pick on him. He enters 2016 as the teamís top cornerback, and if the infusion of talent on the defensive side of the ball pays off, Fuller will have a much better situation, which should lead to increased production. However, heíll need to show that last yearís low interception total was a fluke before meriting serious IDP consideration.
Fuller, the Bearsí first-round pick from a year ago, opened his rookie campaign as the nickelback before ascending into an every-down role midway through the Week 2 victory over the 49ers. After long-time No. 1 corner Charles Tillman exited that week with a triceps injury that required season-ending surgery, Fuller immediately came on and made his mark, hauling in two critical second-half interceptions to seal the game for the Bears and earn himself NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Fuller continued to excel in the next few games that followed, but his production took a major downturn in the latter half of the season. Those growing pains werenít unexpected, and didnít prevent Fuller from being a turnover machine, as he finished the season with four picks and three forced fumbles. Vic Fangioís 3-4 scheme will require Fuller to line up as the Bearsí top shutdown corner, an assignment that he appears to be ready to take on. Look for him to only improve as a cover man and as a tackler in his second season.
Selected by the Bears with the 14th overall pick out of Virginia Tech, Fuller will function as the Bears' third cornerback as a rookie, seeing most of his playing time on obvious passing downs. Assuming he develops as expected during his first NFL season, Fuller would likely be groomed for a starting job in 2015, with Charles Tillman's contract set to expire next offseason.