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Jaylon Johnson Explains His 'Hollywood' Remark Regarding Caleb William


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Vince Carbonneau
April 30, 2024  (6:12 PM)
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Caleb Williams in college
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Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson recently clarified remarks he made about quarterback Caleb Williams, explaining that his comment about Williams not bringing "Hollywood stuff into the building" as a rookie was misconstrued.

In a discussion on Chicago sports radio station 670 The Score, Johnson shared that he had proactively reached out to Williams before the Bears selected the USC quarterback as the first overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
"I cleared the air with him, telling him, 'That wasn't my intention. I don't even know you,'" Johnson recounted, according to reports by Audacy and Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. "His response was encouraging; he told me, 'I'm here to win.' That conversation set everything straight," Johnson added.
While on the "Parkins & Spiegel Show" on 670 The Score, Johnson emphasized that his comments made during the FanDuel TV "Up & Adams" show were misinterpreted. He clarified that he did not label Williams as "Hollywood" himself but was reacting to the host, Kay Adams, who repeatedly used the term. "I was just responding to the narrative she was creating. I know him as a Heisman winner and a top-tier player from USC who has a strong arm," Johnson explained.
In the buildup to the draft, there was some speculation among analysts, scouts, and NFL insiders about Williams' personality and his interests outside of football. However, Bears general manager Ryan Poles indicated that Williams made a favorable impression during a pre-draft visit that included a dinner with several veteran players.
Looking forward, Johnson expressed enthusiasm about building a rapport with Williams. "I'm excited to get to know him better and work together," he said.
As the team prepares for the upcoming NFL season, the focus within the Bears' locker room is on moving past any initial misunderstandings to support Williams in his transition to the NFL. DraftKings Sportsbook has already listed Williams as the favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, with odds at +200.
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