He’s been a core member of the third-phase for a few years now, but last year he started to get some reps on defense when the Bears went into their dime package. He played in a career high 91 snaps on defense (9%) and a career high 372 on special teams (82%) in 2020. He had a career best 15 tackles a year ago, and he also picked up his first interception as a pro when he picked off Teddy Bridgewater to seal Chicago’s win against the Carolina Panthers.
Houston-Carson returns to a safety room with starter Eddie Jackson, the newly re-signed Deon Bush, and also Jordan Lucas who can return after opting out last season.
Tashaun Gipson, who started all 16 games in 2020, is still a free agent as is 11-year veteran Sherrick McManis.