Where would the Chicago Bears be without Jaylon Johnson? Likely sporting an 0-2 record heading into Week 3 against the Houston Texans. But while its importance cannot be understated, this is still a team sport. Does he hold more of a leadership role currently than anyone else on this Bears’ defense?
In two games so far in 2022, Jaylon Johnson has a near-perfect resume.
He’s only allowed one catch for nine yards in 63 coverage snaps. Forget the 42.4 passer rating, there’s more that goes into that specific category.
But allowing only one catch, albeit playing against some questionable receivers in Green Bay, is astonishing.
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We’ve known for quite some time the Chicago Bears got a true talent at the cornerback position when they selected Johnson 50th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Utah product came to the Bears right before they lost Kyle Fuller to the Broncos. He’s taken several steps forward and proven his worth so far in that span of time.
With his proven skill and his ability to pull off a “Peanut Punch,” which we’ve already seen once this year, it’s time to put Jaylon Johnson in the elite category.
Johnson’s name is known throughout the league as can be seen dating back to the 2021 season. Until Sunday night against Green Bay, it had been 61 consecutive coverage snaps without being targeted. If that doesn’t scare opposing offenses, what will?
The Chicago Bears have a damn good football player and can help him take his game to the next level with solid defense overall and a hopeful Pro Bowl nomination in 2022.