Phil Emery: 'Tim Jennings had an excellent season'

Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears runs back an interception for a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter on October 10, 2013
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Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery says that cornerback Tim Jennings was "excellent" in 2013.

Chicago Bears general manger Phil Emery has said that Tim Jennings had an "excellent season" with the team in 2013.

The cornerback started all 16 regular season games for the NFC North side, making 49 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Emery told the team's website: "When they were trying to put receivers in the end zone on him, his ability to match and mirror an opponent, to shadow an opponent and keep the quarterback from throwing to the best receiver was very impressive to me.

"[Jennings] has been a big part of our defense since he's been here. He started the season out making plays. We had some injuries, we didn't have as good a rush.

"That forced everybody in the secondary to play a different style, and with the injury to Charles Tillman, that put a lot on Tim to handle the number one receiver, and I thought he did well. He had an excellent season."

The Bears missed out on a place in the playoffs, finishing 2013 with an 8-8 record.

Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears runs back an interception for a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter on October 10, 2013
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