Bears Midseason Awards Roundtable: Comeback Player Of The Year

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Sep 10, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) breaks up a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons fullback Derrick Coleman (40) during the second half at Soldier Field. Atlanta won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) breaks up a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons fullback Derrick Coleman (40) during the second half at Soldier Field. Atlanta won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Eduardo Monk Jr.: Kyle Fuller

There really isn’t much of a question on this one. After missing an entire season and causing head coach John Fox to lose faith in the former first rounder, Fuller has broken out into the player we knew he could be after a promising rookie season. Up to this point, he has 34 tackles at corner and has only two fewer pass deflections than his career high already. His coverage has been brilliant all season and his return to form has been a godsend for a Bears secondary that was like throwing into tissue paper a season ago.

Jake Brend: Kyle Fuller

Last year, Kyle Fuller spent the season on IR. This season, Fuller is thriving in the Bears secondary. With 40 tackles, Fuller is third on the team. It has been quite the bounceback for Fuller.

DeShawn Jackson: Kyle Fuller

Fuller missed all of 2016 after going down near the end of camp with what was said to be a minor injury.  Things got a little ugly as many around the Bears thought he was more than capable of coming off of IR last year, but didn’t feel comfortable enough to play the last few games.  After not having his 5th-year option picked up, the former top 15 pick faced an uphill battle to even make the roster.  But Fuller showed up in camp and preseason and earned a chance to start.  Since, Fuller has not looked back making big plays in the secondary all year with 8 pass breakups, leading to 2 of the 4 INTs by his teammates.  He also has made great plays in the run game and led the team in tackles thru the first 7 games.

Justin Boy: Kyle Fuller

I think this one may be quite obvious to everyone, Kyle Fuller. He has been playing some surprisingly amazing corner this season. He flashed his rookie season stepping in for an injured Charles Tillman and showed why he was such talent but injuries have hindered his play the last couple seasons, we now see what a healthy Kyle Fuller is capable of. He’s an off-season priority if he continues to play at this level.

Rico Gutierrez: Kyle Fuller

Contract years for players are very important. It’s basically put up or shut up, and Fuller has done just that. Fuller is 3rd in total tackles and was able to hold Julio Jones to his second-lowest receiving game of the season. Julio Jones caught 4 passes for 66 yards; however, one of those catches was for 25 yards. Although his stats do not jump off the page, Fuller has definitely caught the eye of the Chicago Bear’s coaching staff and has shown that he does still have the drive and determination to be a starting cornerback in the NFL. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how the second half of this season turns out for him. Will we ever see him in a Bears uniform after this year? Only time will tell.

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