Bullard came into his second season with the hopes of a big step forward. In the first preseason game, he showed that he has progressed, especially when it comes to mental processing. Bullard’s stock is on the way up in a big way. He stood out more than Jaye Howard, and with increased play in week two, he could be the one that winds up pushing Mitch Unrein for starting time.
For Bullard, it remains the stuff between the ears. He needs to show his recognition, and understanding while playing disciplined. That was what stood out in his play from week one. He did not move with the tackles, but kept his lane positioning and was able to be in the right place to clean up and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. If we can see similar out of Bullard in week two, we should see his momentum build, and talks that he is starting to get some reps ahead of Unrein on the starting defensive line.