With Kelvin Hayden done for the season due to a torn hamstring, the starting nickelback role for the…
Frey getting valuable early-season reps
In the season opener, the Cincinnati Bengals used a lot of two-tight-end sets against the Chicago Bears defense. This kept the Bears in their base set for all but 18 snaps, during which Isaiah Frey was inserted as the nickelback. It was a smaller workload than Frey and the coaching staff anticipated coming into the contest. "We weren't really expecting them to come out and play two-tight-end sets for most of the game," Frey told Bear Report. "You never know. Some teams come out and play 30 plays in [three-receiver sets], other teams just 18, like Cincinnati. You've just got to be prepared." It was Frey's first game in the NFL, so the coaching staff likely had no issues limiting his reps. Chicago's linebacker played well against...
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