Chicago Bears Jonathan Bullard has best game of career on Sunday

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Roy Robertson-Harris
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Roy Robertson-Harris /

Amongst the Chicago Bears embarrassing loss is that Jonathan Bullard played his best game of the season

When a team gets blown out in the fashion that the Chicago Bears did on Sunday, you have to try to find any silver linings to take away. While it was not a game-changing performance, there was a noticeable progression from the play of Jonathan Bullard that can try to provide a ray of hope for the future.

Bullard had three tackles, and a sack, both would tie career highs. He also played 47 snaps on defense which is a career high and amounted to 60% percent of the team’s defensive snaps. In his career, he has played over half of the team’s snaps just three times. The other two he played 50.7% and 54.4%. It was comforting to see the team ride the hot hand in this game and give the younger player the reps. Bullard was also taking advantage, winning plays with power in leverage.

Below, he holds Corey Clement to just two yards. He blows things up in the backfield. Clement fights for his yards, but Bullard is able to shed his blocker and help finish the play from behind.

Below is the start of his sack. He essentially bench press the lineman and he pushes him off of his feet and to the ground. From there he sneaks into the backfield and winds up chasing down Carson Wentz.

This is only the second sack of his career.  After it, you could see his teammates, especially Akiem Hicks showing their expression of joy for Bullard.

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They knew that he worked for that one and has been working to get better and to stay on the field. There were a lot of negatives to take away from that game. Jonathan Bullard was a bright spot. It will be interesting to see if this will affect his role moving forward.