Chicago Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon is a tremendous athlete.
The former No. 39 overall pick in last year’s draft, Gordon has showcased his abilities on numerous occasions already, including three interceptions, one forced fumble, and one recovery as a rookie as well as several other close plays that were just missing a finish in his young career.
He put that athleticism on full display during his introduction in Week 7 versus the Las Vegas Raiders with a spectacular backflip.
Bears’ Kyler Gordon Did Backflip for ‘First Time’ in Week 7
Kyler Gordon ‘Feeling Good’
“They kind of just told me they were gonna take a video of me before I went out. So I was just like, ‘Alright, I’m gonna do a flip. It just kind of happened,” Gordon said on October 26. “That was the first time I did that.”
Perhaps most importantly, he stuck the landing.
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— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 22, 2023
Gordon broke his hand in the season-opener versus the Green Bay Packers, landing on injured reserve for a mandatory four-week stint which included surgery. Now, back in the fold going on three weeks, he is already making an impact. He had seven total tackles in the win over the Raiders.
And, after giving up at least 214 passing yards per game in Weeks 1 through 5, the Bears have allowed 174 and 196 passing yards in Weeks 6 and 7, respectively. Getting Gordon – and fellow cornerback Jaylon Johnson – back healthy is a big part of that.
“Feeling good, feeling smooth,” Gordon said when asked where exactly his health is after two weeks back in the mix after a long layoff.
So how did he maintain his edge while on the shelf?
“Just keep staying involved in the film, staying involved mentally just getting as many mental reps as I could,” Gordon revealed. “Just making sure I was staying week-to-week, keeping up to my routine as much as I could as far as the film and who I studied, who I watched.”
It seems to have paid off for the former Washington Husky. Gordon’s 71.3 grade from Pro Football Focus in Week 7 is his best in three games this season, and it is the third-highest mark of his career. He allowed four catches in Week 7 but only gave up 27 yards. For the season, he has allowed 72 yards on eight receptions.
Kyler Gordon vs. Keenan Allen
The Bears will look to continue their positive defensive trend on the road versus the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 8. That will pit Gordon against the Chargers’ top receiver, Keenan Allen, quite a bit.
Allen has lined up in the slot on more than 63% of his snaps.
“He’s a vet, he’s he’s who they throw to,” Gordon said. “Obviously, I’m expecting them to find ways to get him the ball. They’re just gonna make plays with him and do what they do with him.”
keenan allen: a QB's best friend pic.twitter.com/qZg7tQbg38
— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) September 24, 2023
Allen had four receptions for 55 yards in Week 7 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. But Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert targeted him nine times in the contest so Gordon will have to be on high alert at all times. It could pay off with a big play too given Herbert’s propensity to put the ball in harm’s way in clutch situations.