The Bears need to get cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman back and 100 percent healthy before the start of the regular season or it’s going to be an unpleasant trip to Green Bay September 13.
The Packers were No. 8 last season in passing yards, and QB Aaron Rodgers could have a field day if the Bears have to line up with Nate Vasher and Trumaine McBride at cornerback. Both are undersized and could be overmatched against Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Their performance in the preseason opener against the Bills wasn’t very impressive, and neither looked very good at Monday afternoon’s practice. McBride, especially, was beaten often in Monday’s 11-on-11 drills, giving up long completions to Earl Bennett and Brandon Rideau.
Corey Graham has played better than Vasher or McBride, but he has been forced into the role of nickel back because Danieal Manning has been nursing a nagging hamstring injury. Once Manning returns, the Bears hope soon, Graham should take over as one of the starting corners. When Tillman gets back, he’ll be the starter on the left side, and Graham or Bowman should compete for the spot on the right side.
Tillman and Bowman have intensified their rehab schedules and could be back on the field in a week or two.