The Chicago Bears covered their 2022 season, where they completed 3-14 and lost their last 10 video games of the year. But the future is intense heading into this 2023 offseason, as GM Ryan Poles has the No. 1 choice in the NFL draft, a ton of income cap area ($118 million) and a franchise quarterback in Justin Fields.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be counting down our 15 Most Impactful Bears for the 2022 season. We’ll summarize their 2022 season and expect how they factor into 2023.
Heading into the leading 10 is cornerback Jaylon Johnson, who took substantial strides both on and off the field in his 3rd season.
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Experience: 3rd year
2022 cap hit: $1,764,211
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 20: Jaylon Johnson #33 of the Chicago Bears responds after recuperating a fumble throughout the 2nd quarter versus the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 11: Jaylon Johnson #33 of the Chicago Bears commemorates after beating the San Francisco 49ers 19-10 at Soldier Field on September 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Johnson began the 2022 season on his own island as groups wouldn’t even toss his method early in the season. He wasn’t targeted in the Bears’ very first number of video games with groups deciding to assault the other cornerbacks rather. He did develop havoc, however, requiring a fumble in the Week 1 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Johnson missed out on a couple of video games quickly after due to injury and returned for a difficult stretch versus a few of the much better offenses in the league. He succeeded versus the Dallas Cowboys, however had a hard time sometimes versus the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions. He conserved the very best for last, nevertheless, countering almost every punch from the Philadelphia Eagles offense and A.J. Brown in his last video game played. Johnson had actually 3 passes defensed in his finest efficiency of the season prior to he was closed down for the last couple of video games. His pass protection abilities enhanced in general, permitting an opposing quarterback score of 94.6, down 5 points from 2021.
To cap all of it off, Johnson was called the group’s candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, provided to the gamer in the league who makes a distinction in the neighborhood with their charitable work.
Nov 20, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.; Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson (33) responds after a fumble healing versus the Atlanta Falcons in the 2nd quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-U.S.A. TODAY Sports
Early in the 2022 offseason, Johnson confessed he didn’t at first accept head coach Matt Eberflus’ design and approaches. Now, he’s viewed as a crucial leader on his defense and is up for an agreement extension this offseason, something he want to see get done. Johnson and the other cornerbacks needed to browse the 2022 season with really little pressure from the front 7, something that made their task harder than regular. With the Bears anticipated to enhance because location this offseason, that can just indicate advantages for Johnson.
No matter what takes place, nevertheless, Johnson will when again be relied on as a leader in the secondary and will likely stay the leading cornerback in 2023. The concern is, will he get extended prior to the season starts?
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Story initially appeared on Bears Wire