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Kyler Gordon is ranked highly in this CRUCIAL category!


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Vince Carbonneau
November 17, 2023  (11:53)
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Kyler Gordon is making a name for himself as one of the NFL's elite in the slot corner category, fulfilling the Chicago Bears' vision. Drafted by the Bears after Washington cornerback Gordon fell unexpectedly to them in the second round, he was a standout from the start. Despite initial challenges, his rookie season rebounded, and he collected four interceptions towards the end, signaling his adaptation to the NFL pace.

Despite a setback due to an injury in the season opener against Green Bay, sidelining him for a month, Gordon's impact upon his return has been undeniable. In his best game against Carolina, he showcased his skill, covering the field extensively, and his performance has not gone unnoticed. NFL.com ranks Gordon as the fifth-best slot defender in the league, a testament to his growth and skill.
Gordon's statistics speak volumes: a coverage score of 77, a pass rush score of 83, and an overall slot score of 80. His increase in playtime from his first season and his impressive stats in slot snap rate and yards per target allowed highlight his value. His five pressures from a slot alignment are the second-most among defenders, illustrating his dual-threat capability.
Bears Head Coach Matt Eberflus recognizes the importance of a player like Gordon, comparing the dynamic he brings to greats like Ronde Barber and Kenny Moore. With Gordon on the field, the Bears' pass defense has seen substantial improvements, allowing under 200 yards per game.
While Gordon may not have made as many splash plays this year, his role in strengthening the Bears' defense is clear. The team's general manager Ryan Poles has been strategic in building a robust secondary, and Gordon's continued high-level play could elevate him to Pro Bowl levels of recognition.
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