If an MVP trophy was awarded for Bears training camp, Isaiah Frey would be a leading candidate.
As he has done consistently since the team arrived in Bourbonnais, the first-year cornerback made another big play in Sunday’s practice, intercepting a deflected Jay Cutler pass in a red-zone drill.
Seemingly the favorite to replace injured veteran Kelvin Hayden as the Bears’ nickel back this season, Frey excelled in Friday night’s preseason opener against the Panthers as well.
“I thought he had a good performance,” said coach Marc Trestman. “Obviously we would like to see it continue again and it continued out here today. He made a couple of very good plays out here today in practice as the nickel back. We’re excited. We need him.
“We need the competition there. We’ve lost Kelvin and we need some guys to pick it up. I think that over the 12 practices we’ve had and the preseason game, Isaiah is in the mix and he’s fighting for a job on this team as a nickel back and as a special teams player certainly.”
After being selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Nevada, Frey spent his entire rookie season on the team’s practice squad. A year later, he’s impressing new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker with his attitude and play-making ability.
“He’s not playing cautious,” Tucker said. “He’s looking to make plays. He’s doing what he’s coached to do. That’s what you’re looking for out of young players. He’s a great young man, and we’re just really excited about the progress he’s been making out here on a day-to-day basis.”
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