Eddie Jackson is open to switching up positions for the Chicago Bears

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Eddie Jackson hasn’t been targeted due to his insane turnover history

When the Chicago Bears signed Jackson to a four-year, $58.4 million extension on January 3, 2020, the hope was that he could still create those game-changing plays that he was so accustomed to early in his career. However, scoring five touchdowns and accounting for 12 total turnovers (eight interceptions and four fumbles recovered) in his first two years was going to be tough to replicate for any defensive player. Since 2019, though, Jackson has had zero interceptions and one touchdown.

But it’s not like Eddie Jackson hasn’t made an impact on this Chicago Bears defense. He’s also had fewer opportunities to make plays. Jackson also mentioned in his press conference that being at safety allows for opposing offenses to scheme away from him.

In 683 defensive snaps this season, which is less than previous years due to injury and being on the COVID-19 list, he has only been targeted 24 times and given up 15 receptions — both career lows.

Playing the slot also isn’t just strictly about coverage. The position requires players to be able to tackle in space. Earlier this season, Eddie Jackson was criticized heavily for his missed tackle tackles. However, in his last 225 defensive snaps, dating back to Week 8, PFF has Jackson with one missed tackle.