Any fans of the show New Girl out there? If you haven't seen the show, I highly recommend it. One charachter, Nick Miller, is a big Chicago sports fan. He is portrayed by actor Jake Johnson who is, you guessed it, an actual Chicago sports fan. He even creates a character named Julius Pepperwood. Why the talk about the show and not the Chicago Bears? Well, this team is dreadful and I figured we should find positive things to talk about instead. No, not really. It's because when I saw that the Bears signe Joejuan Williams, I kept calling him Dequan in my head — another New Girl reference.
Alright, now for the football talk. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears signed Joejuan Williams off of the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad. this wasn't one of those moves where teams look to gain insider information either. The Vikings, also a winless team, waived Williams before the start of the season and then signed him to their practice squad after he cleared waivers. Had this move taken place closer to the Bears' Week 6 matchup against the Vikings, I would have called it one of those attempts to gain knowledge on an upcoming opponent. That just seems too far away to be true.
The Chicago Bears secondary is beat up and banged up
Instead, the Chicago Bears clearly have an issue in their secondary and the first injury report of the week says exactly that.
As we already know, Kyler Gordon is not eligible to return quite yet. Gordon went down in the preseason with a hand injury that required minor surgery before the start of the season. He, along with Teven Jenkins, should be eligible to return Week 5 if healthy. With Gordon already out, the team was without it's starting nickel corner. Now, heading into Week 4, the team looks to down Jaylon Johnson, Eddie Jackson and Josh Blackwell.
Jackson is dealing with the foot and did not practice. He missed last week's game vs. the Chiefs too. Jaylon Johnson went down with a hamstring injury in the Week 3 loss to Kansas City. He also did not practice. Finally, Josh Blackwell is also dealing with a hamstring and did not practice. This means, not only are you down your starting nickel corner, you now could be without your top outside corner, your starting free safety, and your backup nickel corner. Luckily, even though he is on the injury report, Tyrique Stevenson was a full participant after dealing with a concussion, I mean neck, I mean illness suffered in Week 3.
I'll be honest. I am not confident that Tyrique Stevenson did not sustain a concussion last week. When you take a shot (self-inflicted) to the head as he did, leave the game and head to the blue medical tent, and return to only leave again with an "illness," it tells me that it's highly likely a concussion was sustained. I truly hope that the Bears are not lying about the situation.
With all of the injuries on the injury report tied to the Bears' secondary, it only made sense for the Chicago Bears to bring in some help. Joejuan Williams was a former second-round pick in 2019. The Patriots drafted him 45th overall. He is a tall, lengthy corner at 6'4" and 215 pounds. He has played in 36 games but has only started in one of them. He never saw the field last season.
In those 36 games, Williams finished with 44 tackles and eight passes defensed. He is a physical corner who likes to press at the line of scrimmage and play man coverage. Of course, the team signed him to play in a mostly zone defense. Hopefully, Williams doesn't need to see the field anyway.