Optimism is running high at Chicago Bears training in regards to a young skill position player. This one however is not named Justin Fields. Second-year cornerback Jaylon Johnson has started to get the attention of some Bears’ veterans in camp, namely Tashaun Gibson.
"Jaylon Johnson doesn't get enough credit. I believe in the next year or two he will be a top five cornerback in the league. He's in a great shape."
– Chicago Bears safety Tashaun Gipson
(Via Bears FB Live)
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) August 17, 2021
This is incredibly high praise for Johnson, the 50th overall pick (2nd Round) in the 2020 NFL draft. Johnson had a solid rookie campaign with the Bears before it was cut short by a shoulder injury that had also plagued him in college at Utah. If Gibson is right, and Johnson is back to his rookie year form, in great shape, and fully healed it bodes well for the Bears secondary in 2021. Expectations were already being put on Johnson to help replace the production of former Bears’ cornerback Kyle Fuller who signed with Denver this past offseason and comments like this from Gibson give fans hope that those expectations can be met.
If Johnson ends up anywhere near one of the top five cornerbacks in the league that will help the Bears immensely as they look to rebuild their defensive secondary around players like Johnson, Eddie Jackson, Duke Shelley, and Kindle Vildore. The biggest question remaining with Johnson is his ability to stay healthy and that will only be answered in time.
Make sure to check out our Chicago Bears forum for the latest on the team as training camp continues in the month of August leading up to the Week 1 kickoff in early September against the Rams.