Jaylon Johnson missed the entire volunteer junior camp earlier, but it wasn’t a sign of a veteran player now convinced he doesn’t need off-season work.
In fact, the third-year Bears cornerback doesn’t think he’s proven much yet. It’s a situation he will serve well as the bears try to build around a new defense system.
“I mean, that’s my mentality going forward now – it’s a complete reset,” Johnson said on Tuesday’s second day of organized team activities. “Everything I’ve done in the past with the other coaches, with the other crew, I mean, it really doesn’t mean anything too much.
“I mean, the movie isn’t going to lie to you. But at the end of the day, they want me to show them what I can personally do to move forward.”
Johnson made his first interception last season and the only interception by the Bears in the back corner last season, but he spent most of the year covering the opponent’s top receiver.
In off-season action, the Bears played him in the left corner instead of the right corner or on a particular receiver.
However, the main change is getting used to Matt Ebervloss Cover Style 2 area coach and defense coordinator Alan Williams who brought him to the team.
“I mean, it’s definitely different from what we’ve been used to in the past, but I feel it gives us a lot of chances to see the quarterback, play ball,” Johnson said.
The reason is simple.
“Lots of eyes on the midfielder,” Johnson said.
Retreating to a landmark covering the area and keeping an eye on the psychics’ eyes is the basis of the Cover-2 pattern. Perhaps the Bears can generate more than one interception from two corner players as they have done in each of the past two seasons, and more as a team out of a total of eight franchises the team achieved last year.
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“I mean definitely I had to learn the system, learn to communicate, learn verbiage, and I feel like that would be huge, especially for high school,” Johnson said.
Johnson briefly objected to a reporter’s comment about the team having a bad year in high school in 2021.
Bears ranked third in the number of yards allowed, which looks good on the surface. But they had the fewest passing attempts because the teams found it easier to run on them. They ranked 23rd against running. They also ranked last in the NFL in the passer rankings for 103.3.
This was brought to Johnson’s attention, and he admitted some of his mistakes while trying not to throw anyone under the bus.
“I mean, we were in the system we had last year and we still had some mental bugs, so I definitely think we need to do a bit more study, just on one deal better this year, being able to connect and play the areas a lot better than we did this year.” past,” Johnson said.
It looks even better with rookie full back Kyler Gordon on the right where Johnson used to play. Gordon made a sharp game to break up passes near the sidelines as Justin Fields tried to throw the ball quickly against the area in action on Tuesday.
“I mean, you see guys being able to bend and twist and control the body like I spoke at the beginning,” Eberfluss said. “Man, you know, that was really good. He was really good. And he has a lot to learn because when you play a corner in the NFL, you have a lot of skills that you have to cover.
“I mean, you have to cover players of all different types, all different skill levels, and that’s a big job and it’s a tough place to play. So he has work to do and he’s going to do that.”
Johnson wouldn’t mind seeing both Gordon and Safety, Jalen Presker, do what he had to do and start off on opening day.
“(expletive), I’d throw them in the fire if you asked me,” Johnson said. “I mean, they’re our first two picks in the draft.
“I feel like we have to (see) what they can do now. And then I feel like we can kind of figure out what the situation is and what the atmosphere is going into camp. If I was the coach, I wouldn’t comfort them in it. I’d like to throw them in there.”
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