Bears Safety Eddie Jackson Not Surprised By His Success

November 28, 2018 - 3:05 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Part of what has made the Bears' defense special amid an 8-3 start is its selfless nature. The individuals care most about collective victories instead of personal acclaim.

It's why second-year safety Eddie Jackson was quick to reference the other 10 players on the defense when discussing his NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor, a distinction he received after his pick-six that proved to be the winning score in Chicago's 23-16 win at Detroit last Thursday. It was a big play that Jackson made with his own instincts, but he gave credit to all.

"It means a lot, but I couldn't do it without my teammates, with how we're doing on the defensive side of the ball," Jackson said. "I owe a lot of it to them."

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It marked Jackson's second time being recognized as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He also was honored for Week 7 of the 2017 season after returning an interception and a fumble for touchdowns in the Bears' 17-3 win over the Panthers at Soldier Field.

Jackson now has five defensive touchdowns in his first 27 games, and he has four interceptions this season, tied for the fourth-most in the NFL. He has also interceptions returned for a touchdown in back-to-back games, both of which proved to be the difference in Bears victories.

Jackson's stellar play has earned more attention across the NFL, as he leads all NFC safeties in Pro Bowl votes. And if he keeps it up, he should garner All-Pro consideration.

"His confidence has grown each week," coach Matt Nagy said. "He's an opportunistic guy. He studies a lot of tape, which I think can sometimes become undervalued in this game, and he does a great job with that. He's a student of the game, and he recognizes when to take chances. So he is opportunistic, but he's smart in when to take chances and when not to. 

"He's been having a great year. I like where he's at. He's leading that back end, and the guys are having a lot of confidence in him."

The Bears selected Jackson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft after his stock dropped because of a broken leg suffered the season before. What Jackson is doing now may surprise some, but it isn't surprising him.

"To be honest with you, not really," Jackson said. "I knew that I wanted to come here and dominate. But one thing that I'm very blessed and grateful for is the team and the place I ended up landing. I wouldn't want to be anywhere than here with the type of guys and teammates that I got. Because I feel like being on the same team with them makes me better and makes me have to step my game up."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​