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Moore excelling in new gunner role

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 28, 2012 – 1:57 pm

Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub has been impressed with how D.J. Moore has performed at one of the gunner positions on punt coverage in training camp.

“He is the quickest player we have, so we are thinking he will be able to get to the edge real quick and put the corner behind him so he has to chase,” Toub said.

Free-agent acquisition Devin Thomas and rookie cornerbacks Isaiah Frey and Greg McCoy will also get practice reps at gunner. All are trying to fill the void created by the free agent departure of Corey Graham, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

“If you don’t have a big guy, they better be quick and be able to hit the edge like D.J. as opposed to a guy like Devin who can be more physical at the line,” Toub said. “Corey Graham didn’t have the greatest quickness or speed, but his effort was second to none. That’s what made him so good. We’re trying to find the next Corey Graham.”

Moore has excelled at nickel back the past two seasons, leading the Bears with four interceptions in 2011 and returning one for a touchdown for the second straight year.

“We really haven’t used him a lot on special teams,” Toub said. “He’s been such a specialist on defense playing nickel. This is really the first year we are going to hope to depend on him. We’ll see what happens.”

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