Chicago Bears Week 2 Winner No. 2: Jaylon Johnson
While Jaylon Johnson is not talked about as one of the league's best in terms of cornerbacks, he is one of the most steady and consistent corners. He does not always pop off on the stat sheet because he struggles to find interceptions, but he does his job day in and day out. He had a strong game against the Buccaneers' offense and their two-headed monster of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
With the Bears being so thin at the corner position with injuries for this game, they needed Johnson to be on top of his game. While he was not perfect, he did do a good job on his side of the field, especially compared to his counterpart Tyrique Stevenson. What really stood out is that Baker Mayfield opted not to go toward whoever Johnson was defending because of his reputation.
Johnson made a really good play to defend a touchdown on an endzone throw to Chris Godwin early in the game and even played the part of Charles Tillman wearing that #33 jersey and executing a perfect "peanut punch" that the Bears were unfortunately not able to jump on. That would have been a huge play that could have been a turning point for the team. This was a heads-up play by Johnson and one the Bears need him to make consistently, especially if he is still not getting interceptions.
Johnson unofficially was credited with allowing only one catch on the day, which was a short completion to Mike Evans. Other than that it was a pretty clean day for him, even though he did not see nearly as much action as the slough of young corners the Bears trotted out there. Like Moore, Johnson was the player the Bears needed him to be today as one of the faces of the team right now.