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Bears could make Eddie Jackson a rare two-way player; Matt Nagy explains offensive plan

Bears could make Eddie Jackson a rare two-way player; Matt Nagy explains offensive plan

The Bears might deploy safety Eddie Jackson as a wide receiver in 2020.

Coach Matt Nagy suggested the two-time Pro Bowl defensive back will be used out of the slot in various formations, filling a role that sometimes serves as a motion decoy and sometimes serves as a legitimate downfield threat. Nagy’s level of seriousness, though, is up for debate.

Chicago is desperate to find offensive punch this year after ranking 29th in scoring and yardage in 2019. Jackson could elevate the team’s receiving group, though playing on that side of the ball might stretch him thin.

“He’s going to play the ‘zebra’ receiver,” said Nagy to reporters, referring to the slot position in his offense, “and we’re just going to let teams prepare for him there.”

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Like many of the NFL’s best defensive backs, Jackson has previously lobbied to get involved in the Bears’ offense.

Chicago football fans are familiar with do-it-all threats. Devin Hester became one of the NFL’s best-ever kick returners and a serviceable receiver after playing cornerback in college at Miami. Jackson was a returner in college at Alabama.

Coaches often say things during the offseason they don’t mean, so it would be wise to take Nagy’s quote with a grain of salt. That said, Jackson probably does have the tools to snag some NFL passes if his coaching staff allowed it.

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