3 most disappointing Vikings players from the win vs. the Bears
By Nik Edlund
Jaleel Johnson – DT
Jaleel Johnson has been disappointing during his entire Vikings career. When Johnson was drafted, Minnesota hoped he could be a run-stuffer who could also provide some interior pressure.
He did bust out a bit at the end of the 2019 season though and he finished with 3.5 sacks. Being that he was entering a contract year, many figured he could finally have a big performance this season and live up to the potential that made him a fourth-round choice.
Through nine games this year though, it’s just been more of the same for Johnson. He does flash from time to time, but he only has 11 tackles this season along with half a sack. He was expected to have a decent game going against the Bears’ ragtag offensive line. But again, he didn’t live up to his expectations.
Chicago didn’t have any problem running the ball early in the matchup and Cordarrellle Patterson of all people was getting about four yards per carry. Johnson was ineffective pretty much all game long and he finished with zero tackles on the day. The Vikings defense seemed to fare better on Monday night when Armon Watts came in and when Hercules Mata’afa came in on passing downs.
Johnson just hasn’t been able to put it all together and this Week 10 game against the Bears was just another part of what has been a disappointing career for the former fourth-rounder.