Johnny Knox: Chicago Bears 2010 Player Analysis

Dmitri DugganContributor IIJune 16, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Johnny Knox #13 of the NFC's Chicago Bears waits to return a kick  during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-34. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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I really like Johnny.

He's probably one of my favorite Chicago Bears right now. One of only two Bears to make the 2010 Pro Bowl, this fifth round draft steal is prone to have a great 2010 Season.

 

As a Return Man

The next Devin Hester? Possibly.

Knox returned 32 for 927 yards, including a 102-yard touchdown return against the Detroit Lions. He averaged 29 yards per return, and was named to the 2010 Pro Bowl, where he returned four kicks for 103 yards.

He has exceptional speed, and great potential. However, he oftentimes runs sideways when making returns. That usually results in short, five to ten yard returns—which definitely do not help the team. If the special teams coordinator focuses on this, Knox will be a near-flawless return man.

 

As a Wide Receiver

Knox was a steal in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has the ability to make fantastic catches in crucial situations and rarely drops passes that he should catch.

However, he needs to work on his awareness. He oftentimes looks away from the ball to see where the defenders are, which often leads to unnecessary incompletions.

Coach Drake needs to remind him to keep his eyes on the ball. Once that is fixed, he, combined with his explosive speed, will be one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL.

 

Well, that's it for me. I'm off to a three-week vacation, with no access to the internet.  Thanks for reading, and have a great summer.

Kindest Regards,

Dmitri Duggan