Which Chicago Bears players laid duds in Week 15 vs. Vikings?

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Chicago Bears Week 15 Dud No. 3: Kindle Vildor

Kindle Vildor has had a weird season. He received a lot of praise coming into this year and then was given the starting job opposite Jaylon Johnson. He looked okay to start the season and showed some flashes, but as the games went on he was consistently being targeted and could not handle the job.

He was benched a couple of weeks ago in favor of Marqui Christian and Xavier Crawford. On Monday the Bears were missing Jaylon Johnson, so many expected Vildor to be a starter. Instead, rookie Thomas Graham Jr. was given the start and played so well people are thinking he should be the other starter going forward.

This leaves Vildor on the outside looking in, and when this offseason comes around, he could potentially be a CB4 or CB5 on the depth chart by the start of next season. The Bears will need to address the cornerback position, and after this season it looks like Vildor could be on the back burner. He is still young and has shown flashes but getting outplayed by a fifth-round draft pick that has been on the practice squad all year will damper his case.

While he did have an okay game against the Vikings in an expanded role since his benching, he did not show enough to earn the starting job back. Vildor will have to make the most of his playing time down the stretch in order to remain in the conversation for next season. It will also be interesting to see how Graham plays over the next few games. If he continues to impress Vildor’s future with the team could come into question, especially if the Bears add cornerbacks in the offseason.

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It was one of those days for Vildor in which he did not play bad enough to be a “dud,” but he was outplayed when there was already pressure on him to perform. Thomas Graham looked amazing compared to Vildor, and the second-year corner will have to make up for that in the coming weeks.