Charles “Punch Out aka Peanut” Tillman is picking up where he left off last season.
Tillman picked off quarterback Jay Cutler and returned it for a touchdown 0n the first play of practice today, later stripping tight end Steve Maneri of the ball.
At the age of 32 years old, the long time Chicago Bears corner-back is entering the final year of his contract. The veteran looks as if he isn’t really concerned with this possibly being his last year in Chicago, but looks focused on doing what he does best.
“I haven’t been around him that long. But if that play today at the start of practice was any evidence of anything but a guy who continues to play a high level, I don’t know what is. His ability to create a turnover is unique. You’ve got every defensive coach in America watching how he does it, trying to figure out how he can get the ball out the way he does on such a consistent level.” – Head Coach Marc Trestman on Tillman from ChicagoBears.com
The defense also picked off Cutler twice yesterday, as they look to continue their takeaway terror, without Brian Urlacher.
Tillman set Chicago Bears records and lead the NFL with 3 interceptions returned for touchdowns and 10 forced fumbles. Let’s just hope they can continue this when it really counts.