Bears Re-Sign CB Demontre Hurst, Role Going Forward?

In this Bears news and rumors update, the Chicago Bears used their final open roster spot on Thursday to re-sign cornerback Demontre Hurst.

Hurst earned a spot on the team's 53-man roster at the conclusion of the team's preseason schedule. He played his first NFL regular-season game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, recording two special teams tackles. He was subsequently waived.

However, with veteran cornerback Charles Tillman out for the year and Sherrick McManis contending with a quad injury, the Bears have been scrambling for answers when it comes in their nickel package.

Per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago, "rookie first-round pick Kyle Fuller is expected to stay outside at cornerback full-time in place of Tillman, and the Bears may ask Tim Jennings to do the same. If the Bears go that route, it opens a hole at nickel back. The team had rookie safety Brock Vereen slide inside and cover the slot after Tillman got hurt in the 28-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers, but head coach Marc Trestman said on Tuesday the team still considers Vereen to be a safety."

Hurst might very well be plugged into that role, while still giving the Bears a viable option on kick and punt coverage.

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