The quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles is going to take center stage this summer, so you better get used to it while you can. But let it be known that the great QB derby of 2020 isn’t the only hotly contested position battle that will take place this summer.
While speaking with Chicago reporters on a Zoom conference call on Thursday, Secondary Coach Deshea Townsend served up a reminder that a bunch of spots in the defensive backfield are up for grabs.
A snap shot of the battles ahead can be found in this tweet from Chris Emma of 670 The Score:
Bears secondary coach Deshea Townsend emphasized there will be competition for openings in the defensive backfield.
Tashaun Gipson, Deon Bush, Jordan Lucas and Kentrell Brice can compete at safety; Jaylon Johnson, Artie Burns, Kevin Toliver and Tre Roberson can battle at corner.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) June 18, 2020
The Bears brought in Tre Roberson (CFL free agent), Artie Burns (free agent with the pedigree of a first-round draft pick), and Jaylon Johnson (a second-round pick with first-round attributes) to battle returning cornerback Kevin Toliver II for the vacancy opened up when the team released Prince Amukamara earlier in the offseason. And that isn’t even mentioning the other depth players they have at the position who are going to be pushing to make the season-opening roster. The likes of Duke Shelley, Kindle Vildor, Stephen Denmark, Xavier Crawford, and Michael Joseph look like they’ll need to scratch and claw to make the cut.
Tashaun Gipson was penciled in as a starter in my mind, but Safeties Coach Sean Desai made it clear that Deon Bush will get his chance to show that he should start. Gipson has a better track record, while Bush has experience in the system. I can’t wait to see how that plays out. Even the roles behind those players are up for grabs, with Jordan Lucas and Kentrell Brice angling for position.
In short, cornerbacks and safeties will have their work cut out for them this summer. So if you’re a fan of good old-fashioned competition, then the secondary should be the first place you look to in order to satisfy that urge to see someone work their way to the top of the depth chart. Well … after quarterback, of course.