As Bengals wide receiver John Ross fell backward, Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller surged forward and scooped the football out of the air.
He sprinted 30 yards ahead, cut to his right and then left to avoid two Bengals players and finished the second defensive series of his exhibition season in the end zone.
Fuller's interception of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and 47-yard return for a touchdown Thursday in a 30-27 loss at Paul Brown Stadium was the biggest highlight of the night for a Bears defense looking to increase its takeaways when it counts this season.
The Bears tied a franchise low with eight interceptions each of the last three seasons, and coach Matt Nagy has emphasized that he wants the group -- including a secondary that returns all of its starters -- to move toward the top of the league in forcing turnovers.
"The main focus is being in position, and those will come," Fuller said. "You can't force it. You have to put yourself in position first, and you'll get your fair share of them."
Nagy's players have turned that challenge into almost daily harassment of quarterback Mitch Trubisky during training camp. Cornerback Prince Amukamara has led the charge but he sat out Thursday.
So Fuller, the 2014 first-round pick, did his part in the first quarter, when Ross said he lost his feet on "a perfect ball by Andy."
Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd played a role, too, barreling toward Dalton as he let the pass fly. Outside linebacker Sam Acho also helped, throwing a block that allowed Fuller to dart into the end zone untouched.
"I know 94 (Floyd) had a good little rush on that and created some of that," Nagy said. "And then to finish it, to see the guys score a touchdown, was neat."
It wasn't a totally clean appearance for Fuller. Later in the first quarter, Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd beat him on a 3-yard touchdown catch from Dalton.
But Bears defensive backs coach Ed Donatell said Tuesday that Fuller has had a "real strong camp, better than he's ever been" as he tries to build on a 2017 comeback season.
After missing all of 2016 with a knee injury, Fuller was solid last year with two interceptions, 22 passes defended and 69 tackles over 16 starts. That helped the Bears feel comfortable locking in Fuller by matching the Packers' offer sheet for a four-year contract worth up to $56 million, including $20 million this season.
"I just think he's happy to be a Bear," Donatell said. "And he wants to take last season and springboard off of that. He has ... challenged himself to take it to another level. He's into our team winning. And he's into involving the young guys around us and being a leader in our group. And that's really helped him a lot so far in camp."
The Bears defense, which also was without starting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan on Thursday, had other lowlights too.
Inside linebacker John Timu and safety Adrian Amos missed tackles on Joe Mixon's 24-yard touchdown catch from Dalton that gave the Bengals a 7-0 lead. The Bengals exposed cornerback Marcus Cooper, who started in place of Amukamara, on a couple of plays on their second touchdown drive, which ended with Boyd's catch.
"I'm pretty sure we did some good things, but there are some things we need to get better at," Fuller said. "That's what the preseason is for, to correct those things, get everybody on the same page and get better."