Monday, August 5, 2013
Bears: CB Isaiah Frey moving on up
By Kevin Seifert
The Chicago Bears released their first unofficial depth chart of the summer Monday, creatively declining to answer two of their biggest questions. The team listed co-starters at right guard (James Brown/Kyle Long) and left defensive end (Corey Wootton/Shea McClellin), but it appears that its biggest depth chart news of late is the fast rise of first-year cornerback Isaiah Frey.
The Bears' sixth-round draft choice in 2012, Frey spent last season on the practice squad. Veteran Kelvin Hayden's hamstring injury prompted the Bears to push Frey into the nickel cornerback role, and he continued his good work by opening Monday's practice with an interception of quarterback Jay Cutler.
Frey is a nearly-forgotten member of the first draft class of general manager Phil Emery, one that includes McClellin and receiver Alshon Jeffery but has already seen one prominent member -- tight end Evan Rodriguez -- released after repeated off-field incidents. Another member of that class, third-round safety Brandon Hardin, missed 2012 because of a neck injury and was listed with the third team on Monday's depth chart.