Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson told media Thursday that he was ready to put last season behind him and start fresh with the franchise. The 6-year veteran posted one of his worst seasons statistically in 2021, registering only 49 solo tackles and no interceptions.
The former Alabama product had productive numbers as a rookie in 2017. Jackson put up stellar numbers in 2018 as a turnover machine, with 6 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and scored 3 total touchdowns.
2021 was a struggle for the Bears defense overall, including veterans like Jackson.
“It wasn’t the best at all. You know, I think that was probably one of my worst seasons,” Jackson told the media following the Bears’ last day of voluntary minicamp Thursday. “I gave up too many deep balls”
This year he is working to control what he can, Jackson said, and is improving by buying into the current Bears system and showing up to meetings. Per multiple reports, Jackson missed voluntary practice on Tuesday but was present on Wednesday and Thursday.
Little fixes like attention to detail, breaking on the ball, and paying attention to where his eyes are looking will help, Jackson said.
New head coach Matt Eberflus’s defensive scheme is helping to ease complications on defense compared to last year, Jackson said. He feels like he’s a good fit in the Bears’ plans at the secondary position. “It’s a lot simpler,” he said.
Eberflus told reporters he can see changes in the two-time pro bowl safety.
Matt Eberflus believes Eddie Jackson is embracing a fresh start with this new Bears regime: "I can see it in his attitude and his demeanor. I can see it in his eyes. He is energized."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) April 21, 2022
Let’s hope Jackson returns to his pro bowl form in 2022, that man was a BEAST.
Give me 2018 Eddie Jackson back this season
— Austin F (@PodGuyFuges) July 12, 2021
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