The Chicago Bears have their first winning streak since November 2015 and they owe it to rookie Safety Eddie Jackson. The Alabama product had two touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers during Chicago’s 17-3 victory.
Some quick math reveals that Eddie Jackson’s two touchdowns (a fumble recovery and interception) was the key to victory. Jackson has started every game this year for the Bears after falling to the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft on account of some misplaced concerns and a broken leg.
A quick look back at Jackson’s 2017 NFL Draft report reveals a strong rookie season shouldn’t be a surprise.
“Jackson has true center field ability to thanks to impressive burst and range, strong mental processing and ball skills to guide him…a potential Day 1 starter at Free Safety.”
The reason for Jackson sliding in the actual NFL Draft seems to have stemmed around a lengthy recovery from a broken leg, but there’s been no sign of issue and no apprehension from Jackson when tasked with playing physical in the middle of the field.
The Bears appear to have landed a home run by “rolling the dice” on a player who was one of the better prospects eligible in the Draft; even though he slid out of the first two days all together. Going forward, look for Jackson to continue his strong campaign and be a player who could make key plays if the Bears are to continue stealing wins throughout the 2017 season.
Jackson was fourth on the team in tackles and second in passes defensed before adding another 4 solo tackles, an interception (the first of his career), an additional pass defensed and a fumble recovery. And Chicago stole a win as a result, as the offense mustered just 5 first downs in the entire game while winning by two scores.
Jackson’s performance to start the season has been a huge influence on the team playing such tough defense and undoubtedly will leave a few teams kicking themselves for passing him over.