Bears Newcomer Buster Skrine Fitting Right In

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The ball was tipped into the secondary, and there was new Bears nickel cornerback Buster Skrine ready to run it back to the end zone.

It was one of two interceptions that Skrine had during the Bears' structured scrimmage at Halas Hall on Wednesday evening, the latest display that he fits right in with Chicago's vaunted defense.

"You just know if the ball is out, there are going to be guys around the ball," Skrine said after practice.

The 30-year-old Skrine continues to show this preseason that he can produce game-changing plays for a Bears team that led the NFL in scoring defense and takeaways in 2018. The Bears lost two key starters in the secondary as safety Adrian Amos and nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan moved on for more lucrative deals in free agency, but with former Pro Bowl selection Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stepping in at safety and Skrine at the nickel spot, there's plenty of confidence in the replacements.

Skrine has the Bears believing they're in good hands at the nickel position.

"He’s making plays," coach Matt Nagy said. "He’s a veteran. He’s savvy. He understands it. He knows it. He knows how to take care of his body in training camp. He understands mentally. He puts those horse blinders on and does his job."

Now in his ninth season in the league, Skrine is eager to be part of a winning team. He spent four years with the Browns and then four with the Jets, experiencing a losing record in seven of those seasons and zero playoff berths.

For the Bears to replicate their success of last season -- and perhaps go even further in the playoffs -- the defense must maintain its standard set.

Newcomers like Skrine give the Bears a chance to be even better.

"We have an aggressive defense and have got a lot of playmakers on the defense," Skrine said. "All across the board, it's like that. They're All-Pro last year, Pro Bowl. It's a solid group."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.