CB - CHI
Chicago Bears cornerback Artie Burns tore his ACL during a practice and will miss the entire 2020 season.
While Kyle Fuller is a solidified starter at the cornerback position, Burns was competing for the starting job opposite of him. Now the competition is down to Kevin Tolliver and second round pick Jaylon Johnson. The Bears had the ninth best passing defense in the NFL last season, as they allowed an average of 222.1 passing yards per game. Even with the loss of Burns, the Bears should be a top-five defense in 2020.
Former Steelers CB Artie Burns is signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, per his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
The former 2016 first-round pick out of Miami played four seasons in Pittsburgh. His production has tailed off in each season since his rookie year, but he’s still just 24 years old, and he’ll look to get back on track in Chicago.
Steelers cornerback Artie Burns (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.
Burns popped up on Friday’s injury report after injuring his ankle in practice. He doesn’t expect it to impact his status for Sunday. "I think I'll be perfectly fine,” he said after practice.
The Steelers' defense has prided itself on the 3-4 zone blitz for as long as the league can remember. However, times are changing in Pittsburgh. Artie Burns commented on the issue in a recent interview: "Every team that's won Super Bowls the last couple of years has been able to play man," Burns continued, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "We want to be a team to play man, get the pressure on the quarterback and attack coverage downfield. "
The Steelers were 18th in passing-yards-allowed in 2016 and the glaring issue was the inability to play man-coverage. In turn, the secondary was torched by Tom Brady and Chris Hogan in the AFC Championship. Recent additions of Coty Sensabaugh, along with rookies Cameron Sutton and Brian Allen point toward a little more defensive versatility in 2017. This, paired with a widely improved pass-rush, could be the tweak the Steelers need to get two wins better.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Miami (FL) CB Artie Burns with the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Although he was projected by some to go during the second day, Pittsburgh's selection of Burns here is logical. He's an athletic, ball-hawking corner who should help shore up their once-vaunted secondary.