Chicago Bears: 5 Players who could have a big season

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Chicago Bears player no. 3: Jaylon Johnson, Cornerback

The Chicago Bears had a horrible secondary last season. Their pass rush did a good job of covering up the deficiency, but when it came down to it, the unit consistently failed at critical parts of games.

There were too many times when opposing quarterbacks just heaved it deep, knowing that the receiver would make a big play. The secondary had trouble covering and tackling.

One of the bright spots was cornerback Jaylon Johnson. He showed the skills that impressed the Bears coaches enough to draft him. He did a great job of covering.

One of his best performances came against the Packers in Week 14. He covered All-World wide receiver Davante Adams. For the first half of the game, Johnson shut Adams down. The problem was that there are two halves in a game and the Bears coaches weren’t able to adjust when the Packers moved Adams around the field.

Johnson wasn’t covering Adams in the second half and Adams had a great second half.

This offseason, Poles made a concerted effort to improve the secondary. He used his first two draft picks on secondary players. He selected Kyler Gordon at cornerback and Jaquan Brisker at safety.

Now with some help, Johnson can make more impact plays. Last season, quarterbacks just ended up going away from him. Why take a chance on Johnson when you know you’ll get a big play elsewhere? Now they have to go at Johnson more.

With more targets, Johnson gets the chance to show how good he is. He’ll make big plays and could possibly have a Pro Bowl season.