Another Camp Surprise?
The corner opposite of Charles Tillman changes every year. Last season, Zackary Bowman began the campaign as the first guy to start on the other side of Tillman. In Week three, undersized journeyman Tim Jennings took over the role from Bowman for the remainder of 2010-11.
Now, Joshua Moore, last year’s fifth-round draft pick, is competing for a starting position in the Bears secondary. Despite being inactive most of last season, Moore did not let that affect his progression during the offseason:
“We worked on a lot of speed and quickness, so I feel like that’s my advantage this year,” Moore said. “I feel last year I wasn’t as strong coming in. I felt like in the offseason I had to get stronger, and I did, so now I feel like I’m a better player all the way around.”
The former Kansas State standout has confidence from working hard to improve his physique:
“The coaches were happy,” Moore said. “When I came in they were happy with how my body looked. I figure, now I just have to go out and make plays. This year, I already know what is expected of me. I worked hard in the offseason and came in this year with a lot more confidence. I’m ready to play. I have a lot to prove.”
“I know I’m under the radar, but I just go in every day and try to prove myself.”
If Moore proves himself in the next four weeks, we could see another new starting cornerback for the Bears this season.
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