4 sneaky threats the Panthers should watch out for vs. Bears

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S. CHICAGO BEARS. EDDIEJACKSON. 57. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 2. player

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The Chicago Bears boast plenty of outstanding playmakers on defense. Eddie Jackson falls into this category and he has the potential to cause some real problems for the Carolina Panthers and their talented passing attack.

Jackson has grown in stature steadily since arriving in Chicago as a fourth-round pick out of Alabama. The safety was selected as a first-team All-Pro in just his second year as a professional and provides the Bears with an assured presence on the backend who anticipates the game incredibly well.

The player has been solid if not spectacular this season so far. Jackson has amassed 29 combined tackles, 23 solo tackles, and one tackle for loss through five games on his way to a modest 54.5 grade from Pro Football Focus. But his ability to influence proceedings shouldn’t be overlooked by the Panthers.

Chicago has relied heavily on its defensive front to get them to a 4-1 record this season. This has taken some of the pressure off their secondary to an extent. But given the weapons at Carolina’s disposal in the passing game, they are going to be tasked with much more responsibility than at any other stage of the campaign so far.

Jackson will be at the forefront of this and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will need to make sure he is aware of this when distributing the ball downfield.