LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara matched a career high in interceptions last season and sees no reason his total can’t grow higher this season.
He’s not alone in expecting big things.
A year after leading the NFL with 27 interceptions, the Bears view defensive changes as either no obstacle or even as an asset while they try to do something rare for any defense: repeat as league interception leaders.
“I’m excited with my ball production personally, and how I’m breaking on the balls and reading routes,” Amukamara said after making three interceptions last year. “I still credit that to (former defensive backs) coach Ed Donatell, what he did for my career and how I play the ball.
“I think he took it to another level, so I’m still trying to build upon that.”
Donatell left with former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for Denver after last season. It wasn’t the only change in the secondary, as former Jets defensive back Buster Skrine replaced lost free agent Bryce Callahan, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signed after Adrian Amos left for Green…