This Chicago Bears player got stronger against the Texans on Sunday
Kindle Vildor has not been a fan favorite with the Chicago Bears. Many fans assumed the team would leave Vildor after asking him to start last season, but in three games he was the third cornerback.
The Bears trust him to handle the outside when they push Kyler Gordon into the slot. With Jaylon Johnson’s injury, suddenly Kindle Vildor was thrust into the role of full-time player and best outside option.
With Brandin Cooks in town, it was clear the Texans were going to pit him against Vildor often. Early in the game, Cooks had a strike, Phillip Dorsett added one and Vildor gave Jordan Akins a touchdown.
From there, fans were bench calling Vildor and noting that the day was about to be a long one. However, Vildor stepped up after that point.
Davis Mills attempted to tackle Vildor in the end zone on the next drive, but Vildor crashed into the football, broke it, and the deflection ended up in the hands of Eddie Jackson. Vildor prompted the pick and saved the team three points, and possibly six.
From there, we barely heard of Brandin Cooks. Cooks finished with 22 receiving yards and just 15 against Vildor, though those two are most often lined up against each other.
Davis Mills and the Texans helped by not being sharp, but Vildor finished with two pass breakups, both on Brandin Cooks.
No one asks Vildor to shut down Brandin Cooks every week, and as noted, when he was paired with a tight end, it didn’t go over well.
Still, with Jaylon Johnson in front of him, Vildor just has to play well enough to sow doubt in quarterbacks’ minds so they aren’t so determined to test him.
For what he was asked to do, Kindle Vildor stepped up and played well.