While some fans are feeling like the world is ending after the Chicago Bears’ loss to the Green Bay Packers, it is a good time to remind people that they are 1-1. They are also in a rebuilding season where things are geared towards finding out who can stick around as a core piece of this team.
With that in mind, the team is in evaluation mode more than win-now mode. Which players have stuck out so far?
4. Jaylon Johnson
Jaylon Johnson has yet to allow a reception in coverage. It is hard to have any better start to the season than he has had. Of course, there are two caveats. The first is that we all watched the 49ers game, and it was hard to take anything away from it.
The conditions were awful, but we can give Jaylon Johnson credit for not letting up a big play because broken plays did happen in that game. Then, in the second game, Aaron Rodgers did not care whether he was playing good coverage or not, he was not looking his way.
Rodgers saw rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon out there and thought it was a perfect time to welcome him to the NFL. Gordon saw almost all of the targets, but with Kindle Vildor out there as well, it was easy for Rodgers not to worry about Johnson.
So, the question now becomes when will teams target Johnson? Will he stay untested, or will his counterparts start to play well enough that teams have to look his way? Then, we will see the real response. This has been a great start for the third-year player in a new scheme, though.