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Kindle Vildor can show why the Chicago Bears currently list him as a starter

Talk about a guy who needs to show up big time. The Bears don’t have a lot of options at cornerback other than Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vildor and Desmond Trufant. After the first unofficial depth chart was released, it was Vildor who got the nod as the Bears’ no. 2 starter next to Johnson.

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The 2020 fifth-round pick out of Georgia Southern got in on a little action as a rookie and played pretty well. His versatility was a big reason why the Bears drafted him last year, but it appears as though he is going to start on the outside as opposed to taking Buster Skrine’s old job in the slot.

Vildor has been balling out in camp, thus gets the start ahead of veteran Desmond Trufant, whom the Bears signed immediately after releasing Kyle Fuller.

To say the Bears need to fill big shoes is an understatement. Fuller was an All Pro, and it will be up to Johnson to take on that burden. But, Vildor is stepping into a role that has historically been pretty good. The Bears’ no. 2 cornerback is an important position, and one that must not only play well but stay healthy.

Chicago’s defense could be excellent this year, but Vildor holding his own is going to be a large part of that success. In his first action in the preseason, Vildor will be matched up on one of a few guys: Jaylen Waddle, Will Fuller or DeVante Parker. That receiving core is a pretty solid and speedy one, so if Vildor comes away with a stout performance, I think the Bears found their surefire second starter.