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Bears CB Jaylon Johnson Has To Be Better With New Role In 2022

How the Matt Eberflus defense can take Johnson to the next level.
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Since entering the league, Jaylon Johnson only has one interception and one forced fumble. The Chicago Bears' second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft has a monumental opportunity in front of him.

With a new general manager, head coach, and defensive scheme, comes an entirely new set of expectations. Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus didn't draft Jaylon Johnson, so he needs to prove to them that he's the right guy for the job.

The Chicago Bears' Defense Can Make Jaylon Johnson A Superstar

Stop me if you've heard this before: disruption on the defensive line makes the secondary's job easier. Chicago Bears head coach, Matt Eberflus, preaches quickness and instincts. But after the Bears drafted cornerback Kyler Gordon, Jaylon Johnson begets a new role on this team.

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As a rookie, mistakes happen. It's rare for a player to jump from college to the NFL and not only make an immediate impact but avoid crucial errors caused by inexperience.

If we think about Kyler Gordon analytically, we should expect a great season from him. But it definitely comes with the caveat of rookie mistakes that likely won't negate his success.

This leads to Jaylon Johnson's new role on the Chicago Bears. He has a golden opportunity in front of him: lead by example. Pro Football Focus ranked Johnson as the 28th best cornerback in the NFL. That's pretty abysmal considering the hype around this player and all the measurables that he owns.

But the Matt Eberflus defense can help Johnson take the next step in his career. With the mindset of attacking the football and really honing in on forcing turnovers, Jaylon Johnson should have a field day in 2022.

Johnson should take pride in becoming a veteran-cornerback presence in the locker room. It comes with new expectations for him to lead and he has the utilities to succeed in this role. But it ultimately boils down to him succeeding with what he's presented with and showing the rookies how it's done.