The Chicago Bears announced the signing of second-round cornerback Kyler Gordon on Saturday, making 11 of the team’s 12 draught picks for the 2022 season under contract.
The Bears pressed the reset button on their defence during the offseason, trading Khalil Mack to the Raiders, releasing defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, and allowing DL Akiem Hicks to sign with the Buccaneers.
Gordon is anticipated to play a significant role in the influx of new youth and talent. He was the first player selected by Chicago in this year’s draught and has already earned praise from the coaching staff.
Following a practise during the Bears’ offseason programme, head coach Matt Eberflus stated on the team’s website, “Kyler has been on fire for the last two days.” “The individual has exceptional ball skills. We are very impressed with how well he has been playing defence.”
James Rowe, who held the same position for the Indianapolis Colts when Eberflus was their defensive coordinator, echoed Eberflus’ assessment of Gordon’s elite ball-hawking abilities.
Rowe stated, “Sometimes men have a natural ability with that.” “I believed that (Colts cornerback) Kenny Moore had a natural talent for that. Gordon possesses excellent ball skills, and he is in a good position to be able to look back and locate the quarterback and the ball in order to put himself in these positions and make these plays.”
Jaquan Brisker is the lone unsigned rookie remaining from Chicago’s 2022 draught class. The Bears selected the defender nine picks after Gordon as their second-round selection.
After Brisker signs a contract to complete the Bears’ rookie class, the two young defensive backs can focus on restoring Chicago’s secondary to its former prominence.
After three consecutive years as a top-ten scoring defence, Chicago dropped to 14th in points allowed in 2020, and then to 22nd overall the following year. During the entire 2021 season, there were only eight interceptions, coinciding with the precipitous decline.
The Bears’ desire to start dominating that side of the ball again was a major factor in Eberflus’ hiring, and the team’s decision to select Gordon with the first overall pick reflected this mindset.