Former Utah Utes Jaylon Johnson and Terrell Burgess — rookies in the NFL this season — both contributed in primetime during the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears Monday Night Football showdown in Inglewood, California.
Johnson, a second-round draft choice by the Bears, made two tackles, along with a pass deflection. The cornerback’s pass deflection while defending Los Angeles’ Josh Reynolds helped save a touchdown.
Johnson was in coverage 35 times Monday night and targeted three times, only allowing one catch and forcing an incompletion, per Pro Football Focus.
Johnson’s 10 forced incompletions this year lead NFL rookies, according to Pro Football Focus, and his play has garnered the attention of veterans on his team.
Chicago Bears safety Tashaun Gipson is playing in his 9th season in the NFL.— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) October 18, 2020
Gipson said that cornerback Jaylon Johnson is "one of the best, if not the best rookie I have been around. He's a phenomenal rookie."
(Via Bears YouTube)
At safety, Burgess, a third-round pick, played his best game to date for the Rams, totaling a season-best five tackles, including a couple impressive ones.
Burgess unfortunately suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the game and had to be carted off the field with his leg in an air cast.
The Rams won 24-10 and improved to 5-2. The Bears dropped to 5-2 with the loss.