This Bears Starter Will Be the First to Lose His Job in 2020

Buster Skrine
Chicago Bears CB Buster Skrine | Will Newton/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears are entering a pivotal campaign in 2020 after missing out on the playoffs with a lousy 8-8 campaign. If not for Khalil Mack and their world-beating defense bailing them out countless times throughout the year, Chicago absolutely would've finished near the bottom of the NFL in overall standings.

Therefore, we can expect head coach Matt Nagy and the rest of the Bears coaching staff to have a minimal tolerance for pedestrian play. We wouldn't be surprised if a number of starters lose their job this upcoming season, but expect cornerback Buster Skrine to be the first.

Chicago's surprise release of Prince Amukamara, who started 15 games last campaign, should see the 31-year-old Skrine enter the year as a full-time starter. However, don't expect that to last very long with 2020 second-round pick Jaylon Johnson waiting in the wings.

General manager Matt Nagy wouldn't spend the No. 50 overall pick on a player if he didn't expect him to produce as a rookie. Though it's likely that the former Utah star will be eased into things, don't be surprised if he's slotted in opposite stud Kyle Fuller if Skrine struggles in coverage early on.

Keep in mind that Chicago also brought in fellow nickelback Artie Burns, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as a free agent. That creates even more of a log jam at corner, and Skrine, who received an inferior 59.8 seasonal grade from Pro Football Focus in 2019, could be the odd man out.