A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 3.
Adrian Peterson ran for 160 yards in the Minnesota Vikings' 24-10 victory over the Detroit Lions. Devin Hester jump-started the Chicago Bears' special teams for the first time in three years. But close observers would agree that veteran cornerback Tim Jennings gave the Bears a huge boost in their 20-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Jennings had been the Bears' fourth cornerback over the first two weeks of the season, having lost a competition for the nickel job with D.J. Moore. But after the Packers moved the ball at will in the first half in building a 10-0 lead, Bears coach Lovie Smith yanked No. 1 cornerback Zack Bowman and inserted Jennings.
The Packers managed only seven points over the final 34 minutes, 41 seconds of the game -- in part because Jennings was an aggressive and sure tackler against Green Bay's short passing game.
Jennings finished with seven tackles and, more importantly, made an athletic play to recover a James Jones fumble while keeping his body in bounds along the sideline late in the fourth quarter. When you watch the replay, you see Jennings actually hop away from the sideline to ensure he didn't touch it.
The recovery set up the Bears' winning drive. I'm not sure if the Bears know what the future holds for the position, but on Monday night at least, Jennings was an impactful and high-energy player.