A season-ending leg injury forced Eddie Jackson to miss much of the second half of his final season at Alabama, but he appears to be in a position to earn significant early playing time with the Chicago Bears.
“He’s wired right, he understands the game, in the classroom setting, questions and answers, he gets it,” Bears coach John Fox said of Jackson, according to CSN Chicago’s JJ Stankevitz. “He’ll get plenty of time in Bourbonnais.”
During his career as a member of the Crimson Tide, Jackson registered 126 total tackles, nine interceptions, and five total touchdowns. The Chicago Bears intercepted only eight passes last season, which was among the lowest totals in the NFL, and they had a league-low three fumble recoveries. Jackson forced 12 turnovers in his college career, which is undoubtedly something Chicago would like to see him do with his new team.
According to Stankevitz, Jackson’s primary competition for the starting free safety job will be Adrian Amos, who is entering his third year in the league. Amos totaled 65 tackles with a fumble recovery last season for the Bears, but he has yet to record an interception in his NFL career. Amos is a solid overall player, however, and Pro Football Focus named him a “secret superstar” after last season.
Adrian Amos was one of the lone bright spots in the Bears secondary a season ago pic.twitter.com/7mDfz2aOwu
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 8, 2017
If Jackson can flash a knack for making game-changing plays and routinely prove himself to be a reliable defender in coverage, though, the fourth-round pick should have a big role in 2017.