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Bears CB Kelvin Hayden torched vs. Packers

The Packers were able to successfully pick on Chicago backup cornerback Kelvin Hayden

David Banks

With Bears starting cornerback Tim Jennings out of the lineup, the Green Bay Packers targeted backup corner Kelvin Hayden early and often on Sunday and came away successful, according to ESPN Chicago.

Green Bay targeted Hayden 10 times and completed six balls against him for 79 yards and a passer rating of 118.3.

Unfortunately for the Bears, Chicago may have to continue to deal with this problem, as it's unclear when Jennings will return to the field after dislocating his shoulder in the team's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Jennings is one of the key members of a defense that powered Chicago early in the season, but he has regressed to earthbound levels during the team's slide in the playoff race.

The silver lining for the Bears, if there is one, is that Jennings' injury and the subsequent inability of Hayden and fellow backup D.J. Moore to pick up the slack may have made it clear to Chicago's front office that it needs to address its cornerback situation in the upcoming draft. The team has picked up a few young safeties in recent years, but with Jennings and Charles Tillman both approaching the age of 30, it may make some sense for the Bears to spend a high draft pick on a cornerback.