Chicago Bears: 4 players who could lose their starting jobs

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Kindle Vildor could be the first Chicago Bears starter demoted

The Chicago Bears released Kyle Fuller back in March for salary cap reasons. It wasn’t clear who would take his place, but as of now, it’s second-year cornerback, Kindle Vildor. Vildor was drafted in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Georgia Southern University. He started out his rookie season as a special teams contributor before taking over for an injured Jaylon Johnson in the latter half of the year.

His rookie stats weren’t great. Although a small sample size, he finished the 2020 season allowing a 131.9 passer rating and gave up 95 yards per game, per Pro Football Focus (PFF). It was a needed experience for Vildor, but the expectations are now high for him. The preseason saw some rough patches and bumps in his game.

Should the second-year cornerback lose his starting job, the Bears would turn to veterans such as Artie Burns or Duke Shelley. The hope is that Vildor, alongside Johnson, will take a step forward for this Bears secondary. If not, it’s back to the drawing board for the Bears’ defense.