The Chicago Bears introduced Saturday the signing of second-round cornerback Kyler Gordon, which brings 11 of the staff’s 12 draft picks beneath contract forward of the 2022 season.
This offseason has seen the Bears hit the restart button on protection, buying and selling Khalil Mack to the Raiders, releasing defensive lineman Eddie Goldman and permitting DL Akiem Hicks to discover a new dwelling with the Buccaneers in free company.
Gordon figures to be a key a part of the infusion of recent youth and expertise. He was Chicago’s first choose on this yr’s draft and has already acquired optimistic opinions from the staff’s teaching employees.
“Kyler’s been lighting it up the final two days, I am going to simply let you know that,” head coach Matt Eberflus stated following a apply throughout the Bears’ offseason program, by way of the staff’s web site. “The man’s acquired great ball abilities. He is been taking part in protection the fitting approach and we’re very impressed with him.”
Defensive backs coach James Rowe, who served in the identical place for the Indianapolis Colts when Eberflus was the defensive coordinator there, reiterated the impression of Gordon’s premier ball-hawking abilities.
“Typically guys simply have a pure means with that,” Rowe stated. “I believed (Colts cornerback) Kenny Moore was a man that had a pure means with that. Gordon has good ball abilities, and he finds himself in good place sufficient to have the ability to look again and find the quarterback and find the ball to have the ability to put himself in these positions and make these performs.”
The lone unsigned rookie remaining in Chicago’s 2022 draft class is security Jaquan Brisker. The defender fell to the Bears 9 picks after Gordon because the staff’s different second-round choice.
As soon as Brisker indicators a deal to spherical out the Bears’ rookie class, the 2 younger defensive backs can concentrate on their subsequent activity at hand: restoring Chicago’s secondary to prominence.
After logging three straight seasons as a top-ten scoring protection, Chicago fell to 14th in factors allowed in 2020 earlier than dropping even farther — to twenty second general — final season. The precipitous decline coincided with a measly eight interceptions throughout the entirety of the 2021 marketing campaign.
The Bears’ need to begin dominating that aspect of the ball once more was a significant motive for Eberflus’ hiring, and that pondering continued in focusing on Gordon with their first choose on the board.