Chicago Bears: 4 players who earned midseason awards

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Defensive Swiss Army Knife: Safety Eddie Jackson

I will start by saying that Eddie Jackson has not been perfect this year. In fact, he’s had some moments where fans have shaken their head in disgust.

But, all in all, the kid is so talented and the good has far outweighed the bad this year. Remember, he’s in just his second season in the NFL but seems to come up big more often than not. He’s a playmaker, but not just in the secondary.

Per Pro Football Focus, Jackson is the top safety in all of football when it comes to run defense (minimum 20 percent of snaps played). His run defense grade is a stout 85.7. He’s been phenomenal against the run.

Overall, Jackson is the third-highest graded safety by PFF (again, minimum 20 percent of snaps played).

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On the season, Jackson has been a jack-of-all-trades kind of safety, which is likely why he’s graded so highly overall. Jackson is fifth on the team in total tackles while also posting four passes defended, two tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, a sack, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown.

The only thing he could do at this point, to stuff the stat sheet even more, is to come up with a blocked kick or punt.

The kid has been incredible. He’s been all over the field and comes up big in both the run and pass. He is not one dimensional. Jackson is proving yet again why drafting defensive backs out of Alabama is typically a smart idea.