Saturday, July 26, 2014
Jennings, Young day to day with quad soreness
By Michael C. Wright
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears held out cornerback Tim Jennings from Saturday’s workout as a precautionary measure as the veteran suffered a strained quadriceps on Friday, while defensive end Willie Young left practice after experiencing what coach Marc Trestman called “a little bit of quad soreness.”
Trestman designated both as day to day, and their injuries aren’t considered serious.
“We want to monitor that and be sure we’re using common sense and caution there,” Trestman said.
Despite not practicing, Jennings spent a good portion of Saturday’s session working with martial arts expert and skill development coach Joe Kim on hand drills to improve the cornerback’s pass-rushing moves, as he anticipates blitzing some this upcoming season from the nickel corner spot.
Jennings said he didn’t expect to miss substantial time, saying, “It’s really not anything serious.”
Young participated for the majority of Saturday’s workout, but left after experiencing soreness approximately 30 minute before the end of the session. Veteran Trevor Scott took Young’s place in the rotation.
A Pro Bowler in each of the last two seasons, Jennings ranks No. 2 in the NFL in interceptions (13) over that span, second to only Seattle’s Richard Sherman. After using a first-round selection on cornerback Kyle Fuller, the club plans to play Jennings inside at nickel corner in sub packages. But in the team’s base defense, Jennings remains the starter opposite Charles Tillman.
Young joined the Bears in March from Detroit, signing a three-year deal worth $9 million. Young started in 15 games last season for the Lions, contributing 47 tackles and three sacks. Although Young isn’t a starter, he’s expected to play a significant role in Chicago’s efforts to ramp up the pass rush.
During the offseason, the Bears utilized some pass rushing packages that featured Young and Jared Allen on the outside, with defensive end Lamarr Houston and Jeremiah Ratliff playing inside at the tackle positions, and the club has continued to practice that look throughout training camp.