We all knew, coming into this season, that Bears' offensive line was going to be an area of concern, likely throughout the year. But, one of the other big question marks was the Bears secondary, specifically their depth at the cornerback position. In fact, the one guy no one seemed worried about was Zackary Bowman.
Bowman, was coming off a six interception season and the arrow was pointing up. Billed as the Bears' top CB of the future, Bowman took over for Tillman on the left side. But, when the Bears entered their 'accountability' phase early on, Bowman, who had a rough start, was quickly pulled by head coach Lovie Smith. Tim Jennings took full advantage and had a great showing filling in for Bowman.
Jennings, has now officially surpassed Bowman on the Bears' depth chart as starting LCB, though much of that is due to Bowman missing the last three weeks with a sprained foot. But, Bowman returned to practice this week and is expected to be ready to go on Sunday.
And although Smith says Bowman's return bolsters the team's depth, he's not about to remove Jennings as the starter. "Coming into training camp he was just kind of a guy in a backup role, but really has earned his stripes a little as he's moved into the starting lineup," Smith said of Jennings. While I'd expect we will see Bowman on the field against the Vikings, he won't be coming back to a starting job. That job, is now Tim Jennings' to lose.