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Jennings makes most of his chance

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Tim Jennings figured his time would come.

"I came in here knowing that we had really good guys running with the [starters] Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman, [who] was coming off a great season last year," Jennings said. "I just wanted to come in here and try to help the team as much as I can, whether it was [only] on special teams. But my main focus was to stay healthy. If I was able to stay healthy, I knew I was going to be able to go out there and compete with the guys each and every day. That's what I'm going to continue to focus on."

A free-agent pickup who started 21 games for the Indianapolis Colts from 2006-09, Jennings played exclusively on special teams until he replaced Bowman at left cornerback in the first half of Monday's win over the Packers.

Jennings was credited with seven tackles and a fumble recovery against Green Bay, and judging from the postgame reaction of coach Lovie Smith, the defensive back figures to see playing in the secondary Sunday night against the New York Giants.

"I'm just going to go out there with the same attitude," Jennings said. "Whether I start, or whether I play a lot -- that hasn't been set really -- I'm just going to go out there with the mindset of continuing to work hard."