5 Chicago Bears under the most pressure to perform in 2022

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Chicago Bears, Eddie Jackson
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Chicago Bears Player No. 2: Eddie Jackson

Ever since the 2018 season, Bears fans have waited for the game-changing Eddie Jackson to reappear, and so far, he hasn’t. Jackson hasn’t recorded a single interception the past two seasons and has only come up with a total of two in the last three. Jackson’s underwhelming play has been hard to miss, and the concern has likely trickled into Halas Hall.

While Jackson’s contract runs through 2024, we’ve already seen that Ryan Poles has no problem moving on from big-name players. Jackson was one of Ryan Pace’s guys. A day three pick who blossomed into an all-pro in just his second season was the kind of pick that Pace needed to make up for his first-round blunders. Poles, however, has no personal attachment to Jackson He didn’t draft him nor did he extend him. In 2022, Jackson is being paid like a superstar but producing like an average starter.

Jackson doesn’t have to be what he was in 2018 to prove himself to the new Bears front office. He just needs to show that he can still make the occasional splash play. If he can’t do that, his days in Chicago might be numbered. We are now coming up on four years since the start of the 2018 season. Jackson can’t ride one great year forever, and 2022 is looking more and more like a make or break for his future in Chicago.