67. Michael Burton
Earlier this offseason we discussed whether or not the Chicago Bears could free up two roster spots as a result of the potential release of Michael Burton. If this ranking is any indication of where the Bears should stand on the subject this should be the last season with Burton on the roster.
Half of the comments from the post where, “who is Michael Burton”, and “Michael Burton is on the roster?” Know your fullbacks, folks.
But seriously, the fact of the matter is that the traditional full back is losing its luster. We are in a matchup league now. Every skill player needs to be versatile. A full back who cannot catch is just an easy assignment for a defender today. A combination of Jordan Howard, who struggles to catch, and Burton in front of him is a call to crowd the box.
If the Chicago Bears want to run with Howard they want to spread the defense out and pound him between the tackles with plus number boxes. It brings a good question as to the value of Michael Burton on the roster.
Ryan Nall can play running back but can also block and line up in the h-back role. He can also catch the football. It feels as though Burton is behind the eight ball this season as the team looks to move away from the traditional full back.