2. He’s coming into an already developed system.
This defense possesses several players that rely on IQ and instinct to make a play. Both Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan anchor the middle of the field with reaction and IQ. Khalil Mack is a force, relying on dominance to make a play. Eddie Jackson in the area is near no man’s land as he always Jaylon Johnson was considered a steal in the draft by the Chicago Bears.
This Bears defensive back unit thrives off a disruptive front seven. The acquisition of Robert Quinn will add more urgency to the pass rush. At their highest level, this defense helped clinch an NFC North title while leading the league in turnovers. After injuries faced across the defense last season, this defense is looking for a nice redemption year. Getting the front seven back healthy and under one accord will help this defense look like more of the same.
Quick reaction time could work in his favor as the pass rushers will look to work hard to bring pressure. The NFC North loves the big play with playmakers like Adam Theilen, Davonte Adams, and Kenny Golladay being a few names that can hit big. Playing in the north, high stake games are always expected. Chicago opens up the year against the Detroit Lions on September 13.
While the rookie Johnson has the youth upside, other defensive backs already have familiarity in the system. This could lead to him holding that competitive edge that will make him stand out with players who might have the experience over him. Although he is a young player, he can learn on the fly within this unit as they can hold the next man up at times. Expect Johnson to receive support from his unit and fall on track for a bright future in the NFL.