The Chicago Bears are throwing Jaylon Johnson into the fire and he is responding well
After missing the entire offseason due to COVID-19 shutdowns, Jaylon Johnson fell even further behind with a shoulder issue that held him out of the start of training camp. The Chicago Bears have a history of easing rookies into their roles over the first couple of games, and Johnson was well behind other rookie starters learning curve.
So, the question arose whether or not he could get back on the field in time to start for the Bears in Week One. After getting back on the field with just two weeks until the start of the NFL season, Johnson was thrown into the fire by the Bears.
However, he has responded well. Johnson picked off a pass during his first practice with pads on. The momentum has continued from there. Matt Nagy has praised his ability to step right in and not miss a beat.
Chuck Pagano has talked about him having more to take on than any rookie he has coached but that he has handled it well.
That type of talk shows the Chicago Bears’ intentions. They are throwing him in with the starters from the jump and they plan on him starting across from Kyle Fuller as soon as he can possibly prove himself.
While Roquan Smith, Kyle Fuller, David Montgomery, and other big picks were slow to be eased in, the Bears know this is a different offseason for all teams. Every team will have a player or two that is being tossed in with minimal camp practice, and no preseason.
The Bears have not announced that Johnson is starting week one yet, but it is more possible today than it was two weeks ago. With another great week of practice, Johnson could make a push to start on opening day.