This is CHGO’s Chicago Bears 2022 player preview series. Learn more about each player and what to expect from them this year.
Kindle Vildor is entering his third year in the NFL and with the Chicago Bears. The former 2020 fifth-round pick started a career-high 12 games last season.
Kindle Vildor’s 2021 Stats
Advanced Stat to Know: Vildor allowed completions on 70.6 percent of targets and a 136.1 passer rating.
Best Game of 2021
Vildor’s best game came Week 5 against the Las Vegas Raiders. He was targeted seven times, which was the second-most in a single game for him last season. Vildor allowed catches on four of those throws for a total of 23 yards. Only 10 of those yards came after the catch.
Vildor also held his own more so than in other games, evident by the season-low 63.4 passer rating when targeted.
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Is Vildor in jeopardy of losing a roster spot?
This offseason, the Bears signed Tavon Young and drafted Kyler Gordon. Despite being a starter a year ago, Vildor has an uphill battle to earn playing time. He also has a new defense to learn. If the coaches don’t see enough from Vildor and determine he’s not a fit in their scheme, there’s a chance he doesn’t make the final roster.
Let’s face it, Vildor is not earning a starting job. He’s behind Gordon and Jaylon Johnson on the outside, and with only nine slot snaps over two years, Vildor hasn’t proved he can be a contender for the nickel corner job either.
What Vildor does provide is experience as a backup with a fair amount of concerns and flaws.
If he does see action in 2022, Vildor needs to prove he’s not the vulnerability he was in 2021 where he was an easy target for opposing offenses to exploit.
Prediction: Backup Outside Corner