Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings is the smallest player on the Bears roster. But what the 5-8, 185-pounder lacks in size, he more than makes up for in toughness and determination.
“He’s super competitive,” said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “A guy that size, to compete at that level, whether it’s the run game or the pass game, he plays with a chip on his shoulder.”
Jennings enters the season looking to build on a career year. He had nine interceptions in 2012, becoming the first Bears player to lead the NFL in picks since Mark Carrier had 10 in 1990. Jennings’ nine interceptions are tied with Roosevelt Taylor for the second most in team history.
Jennings set a Bears single-season record with three multi-interception games against the Colts, Panthers and Texans. He returned one of his picks 25 yards for his first career touchdown versus Carolina, fueling a 23-22 comeback win. Jennings also broke up a team-high 16 passes, including two that were intercepted by teammates.
“He’s a pleasure to coach,” Tucker said. “He’s a guy that you can count in. You know what you’re going to get from him each and every day out here. I think that’s a mental approach first and foremost with him and then on top of that he does have outstanding athletic ability.
“So you take a great mental approach with mental toughness and wanting to prove yourself every day and you take that with athletic ability, then that’s how you get Tim Jennings.”
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