Prince Amukamara: Kyle Fuller ‘lights-out’ in training-camp practices
BOURBONNAIS — Cornerback Kyle Fuller’s future with the Bears generally has been dismissed after he didn’t play last season in the wake of arthroscopic knee surgery, was called out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for not ‘‘champing at the bit’’ to play and didn’t have the option on his rookie contract picked up.
But Fuller has been impressive in the early going in camp and has received positive reviews. The latest was an unsolicited endorsement Thursday from new teammate Prince Amukamara.
‘‘I don’t know what he was last year, but he’s been practicing lights-out,’’ Amukamara said when asked about the competition at cornerback. ‘‘It’s going to be great to see what he does in these [preseason] games.’’
Amukamara, who played with the Jaguars last season, said he has been impressed with Fuller’s approach, as well as his play.
‘‘It was public that his option wasn’t picked up,’’ Amukamara said. ‘‘So a guy like him could just go in the tank, like, ‘OK, this team doesn’t believe in me.’ I haven’t seen that at all. I’ve just seen a guy who comes to work every day and does what he’s asked. He’s been making plays and showing that he wants to compete.’’
It’s early, but second-year defensive end Jonathan Bullard, the Bears’ third-round draft pick in 2016, is showing improvement after an unimpressive rookie season.
‘‘We weren’t disappointed with Jonathan,’’ coach John Fox said. ‘‘There’s some growing pains that come with some rookies, and I think he’s learned a lot , just recognizing run and pass. The game is way faster in this league. He’s got the athletic ability. It’s more mental as far as deciphering things, knowing things that are going to happen before [they do].
‘‘He’s developed a pro body. I like what I’ve seen so far, and I’m looking forward to getting into game situations.’’
Running back Joel Bouagnon, an undrafted rookie from Northern Illinois, was waived/injured after coming up lame on a hard run Wednesday in practice.
The Bears signed running back Joshua Rounds, an undrafted rookie from Tulane, to replace Bouagnon.
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