Ranking the Room: NFC North Safeties
2. Chicago Bears: Eddie Jackson, Adrian Amos, Deon Bush, Deiondre Hall
The gap between three and four and one and two is tight. The gap between three and two seems steep at this point. The Chicago Bears very well could have one of the best duos in the NFL in 2018. It is all there on paper.
This has been something we called from their very first snap together. The skill set of Eddie Jackson is perfect next to the skill set of Adrian Amos. Amos is a sure tackler. He is a downhill hunter. However, at the beginning of his career, he was arguably the best safety on the roster in coverage. So, the team was forced to stick him out of place.
Enter Eddie Jackson. Jackson is not the downhill tackler. However, he is the playmaker. The deep half defender who can make up ground to make a play on the football.
The time in the free role really helped round out the game of Adrian Amos. Now, in his new role, he is looked at as a stud combination safety who is strong in both areas. It is why Pro Football Focus sees him as an elite safety.
Jackson had a strong rookie season and with the time the duo has to build with each other, it is not crazy to think the leap next year is into the elite pairing ranks. However, there is still some projection in what can be had from Jackson as a rookie.
Deon Bush is gaining buzz heading into training camp. He has every chance to see the field in specific dime sets as the third safety. Deiondre’ Hall, DeAndre Houston-Carson, and Nick Orr are all special teams options to complete the roster and ensure the large gap between them and Green Bay.