2. Roschon Johnson deserves a shot at RB1
There wasn’t much positive to take from Sunday’s letdown, but the Chicago Bears have to feel good about what they saw from Roschon Johnson.
He didn’t feature prominently until the second half, but he didn’t take long to send a message. On one of his first carries, Johnson burst through a hole for an 11-yard gain and finished the run by flat-out trucking Packers safety Rudy Ford.
It was the first time all game that the Bears offense punched Green Bay in the mouth. Johnson didn’t stop there, ending an impressive drive in the fourth quarter by nearly tiptoeing into the endzone on a swing pass before plowing through the middle for his first NFL touchdown.
I know many Chicago Bears faithful were excited to see what Khalil Herbert could do as a starter and Ryan Poles just signed D’Onta Foreman as well, but there has to be a conversation this week about Roschon Johnson’s snaps increasing.
Chicago’s offense mostly inspired doubt yesterday, but perhaps we will look back at this game later in the season as the point when Roschon Johnson began to take over.
3. The secondary flashed their potential despite big mistakes
The most promising development on the defensive side of the ball has to be the continued flashes of our young players across the board.
It was an up-and-down affair for the defensive backroom throughout the day, but players such as Kyler Gordon and Tyrique Stevenson made fantastic plays at certain moments on Sunday afternoon.
Gordon showed more growth in coverage with a beautifully timed PBU while Stevenson immediately made his presence felt when he laid the season’s first big hit on Packers rookie Jayden Reed early in the game on an option play.
There were several other plays throughout the game where the young defensive backs made beautiful plays in coverage, but they were ultimately marred by busted coverages and big plays, resulting in multiple touchdowns for the Green Bay Packers.
Jordan Love did his job, but the Chicago Bears gave him some layups, something Jaquan Brisker alluded to as well. Maybe Week 18 will be the one, but I’m not holding my breath.