Who will be the starting cornerback alongside Kyle Fuller?
This battle is the deepest and toughest battles on the Bears’ roster right now. In addition, this battle isn’t being talked about enough.
There are realistically four cornerbacks fighting for this job that could all ball out and win the one starting spot. All four have potential and whoever shows it the most will be the replacement for Prince Amukamara, who struggled last season which led to his release.
The favorite to win the job by many is rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson. Johnson was a star at Utah locking down almost every wide receiver he faced. He had a first-round value attached to his name, but injuries aided in his fall to the second round right in the Bears’ lap. If he stays healthy, he can be a star.
Last year, Kevin Toliver II filled in for Amukamara when he went down to injuries. Toliver had some impressive games where he locked down Amari Cooper for most of the game against the Dallas Cowboys. He also had others where he didn’t look like he knew what he was doing. Toliver is a big-bodied corner that is extremely physical and could win the job as well.
Additionally, the Chicago Bears brought in a former first-round pick in Artie Burns to battle for this job. Burns showed a lot of promise early in his career for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but fell out of favor and struggled. He eventually lost the starting job. He is looking for a revival in Chicago.
Finally, the dark horse to win this job is former Canadian Football League star Tre Roberson. The former FCS standout quarterback became a star in the CFL making the switch to cornerback. He had a solid 2018 season in which he had three interceptions and two forced fumbles, but in 2019 he truly shined. He had seven interceptions, two that were returned for a touchdown, and earned All-Star honors. He also won the Grey Cup this past season.
I believe Roberson can win this starting job, at least for this season. The next guy that should win it is Johnson if he can stay healthy, but with Roberson’s experience even in the CFL, I believe he can win the job.