Grading Chicago Bears rookies through seven weeks of 2023

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Chicago Bears v Washington Commanders, Tyrique Stevenson
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Round 2 Chicago Bears CB Tyrique Stevenson

Most rookie cornerbacks are the target of offensive coordinators until they prove that they can belong. That has happened to Tyrique Stevenson, who ranks fifth in the NFL in targets against, according to PFF. It is good to see that he ranks 14th in yards allowed, so some cornerbacks are giving up worse.

In week one, he did not see much of a challenge, mainly because the Packers were winning with their running backs. In week two, he will always remember his introduction to the NFL against Mike Evans. Evans ran up and down the field, and PFF charted Stevenson with 143 yards allowed.

The Chiefs got up big early, and a lot of it had to do with the running backs and Travis Kelce. Stevenson did not give up much. He allowed a touchdown to Brandon Johnson but was overall good against the Denver Broncos.

He had a tough time with Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson on Thursday Night Football, but he faced a lot of targets because the Commanders were trailing and passing often. The Vikings game was defensive-driven, and without Justin Jefferson, Stevenson held things down.

He got down early against Davante Adams, giving up four quick catches. However, he ended up keeping Adams in check after the initial gameplan. Jakobi Meyers caught a touchdown, and Tre Tucker got open against Stevenson as Josh McDaniels targeted Stevenson more than Adams, but 78 yards on 17 targets is a solid game overall.

He lost some matchups against Evans, McLaurin, and Adams, which will happen, but he bounces back and plays tough, which you have to respect.

Tyrique Stevenson rookie grade: B-