After leading the nation with 21 pass breakups last season at Nevada, Bears rookie cornerback Isaiah Frey has continued to show his ball skills throughout his first NFL training camp.
The sixth-round pick has broken up passes on a regular basis and made an impressive interception in a recent workout, deflecting the ball away from a receiver before snatching it out of the air.
“Coach [Lovie] Smith stresses turnovers and getting any type of turnover during practice is a good thing,” Frey said.
The 5-11, 190-pounder is excited about playing in his first NFL game Thursday night when the Bears open the preseason by hosting the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field.
“It’s just a dream come true,” Frey said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about ever since I was little. Just going out there and putting the uniform on is a blessing.”
Frey and seventh-round pick Greg McCoy are both listed third on the depth chart at cornerback behind starters Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings and second-stringers Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite. The Bears bolstered the position during the offseason by signing both Hayden and Wilhite.
“Any NFL team you go to, they’re going to be loaded at cornerback,” Frey said. “There’s a lot of talent in the league, so you’re going to have to come out and compete every day.”
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