Receiver Corey Fuller has been 'doing good so far,' Bears rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller says. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Besides just-for-fun scrimmages before Pop Warner games and one-on-one drills for two years at Virginia Tech, Corey and Kyle Fuller never have played against each other.
Kyle, a rookie cornerback for the Bears, hopes he has the chance to play against his brother, a second-year receiver for the Lions, this season.
“That’s definitely something I know both of us will be looking forward to,” Kyle said last week at the NFL Rookie Symposium. “He’s been working hard and definitely doing good so far, so he can make that 53-man roster. And then we can see each other two times a year.”
As a first-round pick, Kyle will be heavily involved in the Bears defense, but Corey faces an uphill battle to make the Lions roster. A sixth-round pick in 2013, Corey was among the final cuts after camp last year before being signed to the practice squad.
During the offseason program, Corey made some nice plays, but looked hesitant running routes and will need to show significant improvement in camp to make the team. He’s eligible for the practice squad.
Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate have secure roster spots in the receiving corps, and Jeremy Ross likely does, too, as the returner. Ryan Broyles looked impressive six months after tearing his Achilles tendon. That leaves Kris Durham, Kevin Ogletree, Fuller and sixth-round pick TJ Jones competing for the final one or two spots.
“He knows what he has to do, so there’s not much that I have to say to him,” said Kyle Fuller, two years younger than Corey. “He’s been out there working hard and doing what he has to do. In the end, I think it will all pay off.”
Two other Fullers have been or are playing football — older brother Vincent played defensive back for seven seasons, including a brief stint with the Lions in 2011, and younger brother Kendall was a second-team all-Atlantic Coast cornerback as a freshman for Virginia Tech last year.
At first, Kyle said he would defend his brother as he would anyone, but conceded it would be a bit more competitive.
“We’ve competed all our lives, so that would definitely be a good competition,” he said.