Kevin Toliver was one of the unexpected roster moves

  • Chicago Bears
  • Jaylon Johnson
  • Kevin Tolliver II
  • Kyle Fuller
  • Prince Amukamara
By Daniel Goodwin III September 7, 2020 0 Comment
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Unexpected Roster Moves In Chicago

While most of the Chicago Bears cuts were expected, in order to make the 53-man roster deadline on Saturday. Third-year cornerback Kevin Toliver was one of the unexpected roster moves. Toliver made the team as an undrafted rookie from LSU in 2018. He was a second string, and special teams player in 2019. He started in place of Prince Amukamara due to injury in 2019, and arrived for training camp with the goal of winning the starting job opposite Kyle Fuller.

The Bears gave Toliver ample opportunities to solidify himself as part of the Bears plans at corner back. While talented and possessing plenty size, length and speed, Toliver was unable to cash in on those opportunities. There have been rumors of him lacking attention to detail, and the inability to take his job seriously. These deficiencies may have played a role in the decision to waive him.

What Does This Roster Move Mean?

This roster move and previous Chicago Bears cuts clear the way for Jaylon Johnson to be plugged in as a starter alongside Kyle Fuller at corner back. A first-round talent, he ended up being selected 50 overall in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. There were some concerns about how well he would heal coming off of shoulder surgery in March, and whether he would be able to quickly adapt to the speed of the NFL game.

Bears Future at Corner Back

There is likely to be some learning curve for Johnson. Cornerback is one of the most difficult positions to play in the NFL. Nagy and Pace seem confident that Johnson will be able to adapt and learn on the fly. He will also be helped by the Bears formidable pass rush, which will get after opposing quarterbacks and force some early and errant throws.

Head Coach Gives Nod of Confidence

Nagy may have eluded to this decision when he expressed the confidence he had in Johnson stating that he would be taking on a “major role.” Johnson wears the number 33, the same number worn by former Chicago Bears defensive back Charles “Peanut” Tillman. He has big shoes to fill, and he is very capable of stepping up.

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