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NFC North Rundown: Jaylon Johnson and the Bears’ corners have plenty to prove

Cornerback is among Chicago’s positions of least depth and the former second-round pick is in position to take on a major role this upcoming season.

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To move or not to move is the question these days in Chicago where the Bears continue to ponder a move outside the city in the near future. But the Bears face a number of other questions, first and foremost, about the depth of several positions on their current roster.

Cornerback may be the biggest concern after Kyle Fuller’s departure, but Jaylon Johnson will be looking to take on the number one position in year two. While Chicago faces additional depth issues at left tackle and tight end, cornerback remains one of the team’s biggest concerns - both in the slot and out - as the season approaches.

Today’s divisional recap dives into Johnson’s quest to assume the top role and the competition he faces, while checking in on a couple of contract decisions in Minnesota and reflections of a new GM in Detroit.

Detroit Lions

TWENTYMAN: 5 numbers that need to change

Sacks will go a long way toward improving three of these specific numbers in 2021.

Monday open thread: Who will be the Lions returner in 2021?

One of the questions that has not been tossed around as much in Detroit is who will replace Jamal Agnew. Pride of Detroit provides some potential names to answer that question here.

Holmes reflects on first six months as Lions GM

Finding time for scouting and evaluation has been the hardest part of Holmes’ first offseason on the job.


Minnesota Vikings

Anthony Barr’s New Contract Is A Worthy Gamble

One of the Vikings’ early offseason moves was restructuring the linebacker’s contract. Here’s why it could turn out to be a good move for both sides - not just the Vikings.

Random rivalry brewing between fans of Vikings and AFC West team

There was a lot of Twitter trash talk this past week between two teams that rarely meet.

Harrison Smith hopes to remain in Minnesota: ‘Going to look at those things and see what we can do’

Another defensive player with contract considerations beyond this year is the long-time veteran Smith, who is entering the final year of his deal.


Chicago Bears

Mike Ditka doesn’t want Bears leaving Chicago: ‘They’re a Chicago institution, that should be the end of it’

One Bears legend weighs in on the team’s possible move outside the city.

Familiar Depth Issues Still Plaguing Bears

Heading into training camp, the cornerbacks, both in the slot and on the outside, are two of the areas Chicago is most thin.

Johnson embracing lofty expectations

Speaking of cornerbacks, second-year pro Jaylon Johnson is poised to become Chicago’s number one corner and successfully replace Kyle Fuller.