Camp Chat: CB Woodny Turenne

D.J. Moore, a fourth rounder of the Chicago Bears, was supposed to be making plays in Bourbonnais. But unexpectedly, it's undrafted free agent Woodny Turenne turning heads and threatening to make the final 53. Here's what Turenne told Bear Report after practice Wednesday in this exclusive interview.

John Crist: How similar is this defensive scheme to what you ran in college at Louisville? How much Cover-2 experience do you have at cornerback?

Woodny Turenne: I guess the technique is different a little bit. Other than that, it's still the same coverages pretty much.

JC: Speaking of technique, the Bears teach an outside-shoulder technique with their corners that is somewhat unorthodox. Some say that's why you can throw slant passes on this team all day long. Are you familiar with that technique?

WT: No, I just learned it and trying to perfect it. The better I get at that, the better I can contribute to the defense.

JC: It's great you're getting a lot of reps, mostly because Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman are out of the lineup right now. I know Nathan Vasher is still out there, but does it hurt you at all not being able to watch the Tillmans and the Bowmans perform in this defense you're trying to learn?


Turenne has been a pleasant surprise in camp.
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WT: I watched Bowman and Vasher and I try to get as much as I can, and I try to watch film and I always ask them questions – all of them, all the vets.

JC: For the most part, the decision makers in Chicago prefer bigger and stronger corners. You tend to fit that mold better than one of your fellow rookies, D.J. Moore. Why do you believe the 6-0 and 6-1 guys do better here than the 5-8 and 5-9 guys?

WT: I'm really not sure. I guess because they're lanky and got all that length and everything. So I guess that's why. I'm really not too sure about that. We've got 5-9, 5-10 guys actually playing.

JC: There are no preseason games in college football. Aside from trying to put as many good plays on film as possible, just what are you hoping to accomplish in the preseason opener Saturday at Buffalo when the final score doesn't matter?

WT: Just to go out there – it will be my first preseason game – just learn the defense, get adjusted, get the technique down right and play hard. Show them I can play in the NFL.


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