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Kyle Fuller On Playing With Bolstered Bears Roster: 'Looking Forward To It'

By Chris Emma--

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller has stood strong against some of the NFL's best receivers, where his confidence is on full display. Singing the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field is a different animal.

Fuller's fearless on the field, but the nerves kick in standing before a packed house at the Friendly Confines to sing baseball's song.

"It's different," Fuller said with a smirk while standing on Wrigley Field before the Cubs-Reds game Wednesday evening.

Donning a Cubs white jersey and his usual No. 23 on the back, Fuller threw a strike for the Wrigley Field crowd and smiled as he left the mound to meet Cubs reliever Justin Grimm. Fuller enjoyed a break from this busy offseason.

Fuller's entering his third season with the Bears, following a sophomore campaign in which he made strides toward the finish after an up-and-down first season-and-a-half. Fuller posted two interceptions and broke up nine passes, bringing consistency toward the close.

Still, the Bears finished 2015 with a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs again. Bears general manager Ryan Pace went to work this offseason, revamping the roster -- and specifically the defense -- with better, younger talent. The team's first-round pick in 2014, Fuller will be a key component as a starting cornerback, and he's eager to get working with a Bears team that should be improved in 2016.

"I'm looking forward to it," Fuller said.

"We like the guys that we have, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball."

The Bears leave the free agency portion of the offseason with better talent and more depth in place. They need Fuller to continue his growth into Year 3 of his NFL career.

"Just trying," Fuller said, "each year, every day, to go out there and get better."

Chris Emma covers the Chicago sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

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