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Frey continues to make impact plays

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 11, 2013 – 9:00 pm

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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Frey continues to impress in camp

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 8, 2012 – 4:24 pm

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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Frey turning heads early in camp

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 28, 2012 – 2:20 pm

In Friday’s practice, rookie cornerback Isaiah Frey showed some of the skills that helped him lead the nation with 21 pass breakups last season as a senior at Nevada.

The sixth-round draft pick dove to the ground while reaching out with one hand to knock a Josh McCown pass away from receiver Devin Thomas.

“[Frey] is making progress every day and he’s an instinctive guy,” said defensive backs coach Jon Hoke. “He understands football. I’m excited where he’s at right now. He’s still a rookie—he’s got a ways to go—but he is showing progress.”

Hoke has been impressed with how Frey and fellow rookie defensive backs Brandon Hardin, a third-round safety, and Greg McCoy, a seventh-round cornerback, have grasped the playbook.

“When we talked about possible selections and evaluations [with general manager Phil Emery and the personnel department], they all came in as good guys and smart guys, and it shows in the classroom,” Hoke said. “They pick it up well. They understand concepts.

“Now how well they take the concepts from the classroom to the field, you have to see how quick they do that. They’ve been able to handle that, but that’s all part of it. I’m encouraged with them, and it’s kind of fun to have them in the meeting rooms with how well they’ve learned.”

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