(670 The Score) Through two games this season, Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson hasn't officially been targeted with a pass once.
Opposing offenses have looked away from Johnson’s side of the field, but he also knows well that won’t be the case if he’s lined up against Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson. Facing off against one of the NFL’s top targets is exactly the type of challenge that Johnson looks forward to on the schedule, as he told the Parkins & Spiegel Show on Monday afternoon.
“I mean, that’s definitely the elephant in the room,” Johnson said. “We all know that Jefferson is that guy – definitely in the NFC, but let alone in the NFC North. So, that matchup is definitely always going to be circled for me. It was him and Davante (Adams), but now that Davante is gone (to Las Vegas), he’s definitely that guy.
“I feel like I've been preparing for those big-time matchups. That’s what I prepare for my whole life, through the offseason. I know who I’m lining up against. All my preparation is for those situations like that.
“I’m just looking forward to those primetime matchups to put on display who I am as a cornerback in this league.”
Jefferson had 108 receptions for 1,616 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2021. He has 15 catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns this season, including nine of those in a win against the Packers in the Vikings' season opener.
The Bears take on the Vikings on Oct. 9 in Minneapolis for the first of two matchups this season.