Chicago Bears Week 17 Winner No. 3: Tyrique Stevenson
The Chicago Bears have some really good young players in the secondary going into the future. With players like Jaquan Brisker, Kyler Gordon, Terrell Smith, and Tyrique Stevenson all developing this season, the future is bright in the defensive backfield. If Jaylon Johnson is brought back this unit is going to be set for many years. Stevenson especially has come on as of late, and he had himself a game to remember against the Falcons.
Stevenson was tied for the team lead with five total tackles on the day, and he has been a good tackler all season for the most part. He is a physical corner who likes to come up and make plays. More importantly, though, Stevenson had two interceptions against the Falcons, which moves his total to four on the year. That is pretty good for a rookie total, and he also has fifteen passes defended to complement the picks.
His first interception came on a great play in zone coverage where he put himself in a great position to cover and read the throw, then made a leaping effort to come down with the turnover. He also picked off Desmond Ridder late in the game to seal the deal and put the stamp on what was the best game of his rookie year. The Bears needed him to step up and be the top corner after Jaylon Johnson left the game with a shoulder injury, and Stevenson held it down.
Seeing how good he has been this season, along with the emergence of rookies like Gervon Dexter and Terrell Smith, it is safe to say the defense has found a new identity and will be in good hands going forward. Adding another pass rusher and more depth in the defensive backfield should be the priority to filling out this defense. With all the questions surrounding the offense, Justin Fields and DJ Moore gave the home fans and the team a game to remember and will hopefully carry that into next week's important clash versus the Packers.