Chicago Bears Training Camp: 5 decisions that must be made at camp
The Chicago Bears must decide on who will be the starting cornerbacks
One of the bigger question marks this team has is at the cornerback position. With the wide receiver position, we know who the Chicago Bears will be counting on as the top two options. We cannot for certain say the same about the cornerback position. Chicago Bears training camp is where Matt Nagy and Sean Desai need to hone in and make that decision.
Jaylon Johnson is the clear favorite to be the CB1 to replace Kyle Fuller on this defense. That said, the Chicago Bears are not typically one of those teams that use their CB1 to shadow the opponent’s WR1. Maybe that changes under the new defensive coordinator, Sean Desai, but I doubt it. Therefore, whoever is playing as the CB2 is just as important as the CB1. Now, add in the fact that most teams run the nickel package more than 50% of the time and now the CB3 is extremely important.
If we lock Johnson in as the CB1, this leaves Desmond Trufant as the frontrunner to be the CB2. Many, including myself, want to see Kindle Vildor consistently show us what he flashed at times during the playoff game versus the Saints last year. Vildor saw limited action and struggled more than he was good, but he looks to have the ability to become a starting corner in this league. He has been working hard this offseason and hopefully becomes the CB3 or nickel corner.
Another corner who could make a push for playing time is former first-round pick Artie Burns. The Chicago Bears added Burns last offseason and he was slotted to start as the CB2 before suffering a torn ACL. Burns is back and could still make an impact on this defense. Chicago Bears training camp and preseason is where he will need to show what he can do if he wants to see consistent playing time. Duke Shelley is the other name to keep an eye on. What will Nagy and Desai decide?