Chicago Bears Training Camp Rumblings: Running Back
Through the first weeks of training camp, what is the buzz surrounding the Chicago Bears running backs?
With a Chicago Bears scheduled off day, it is an excellent chance to reflect on some of the things we have learned so far in training camp. Keep in mind; these are the practices to get everyone introduced. These are pre-preseason game practices.
These are guides to where things are headed not takes about what things are going to be. With that in mind, we kick off with running backs
The big news out of Howard is his pass catching. He has hands! Well, two of them that can help him catch passes. But seriously, given his issues in this department, this has been looked at as a huge revelation. Now, to hear about consistency in his hands, as well as watching it happen at game speed.
We assumed this since the hiring of Matt Nagy. Reports came flying out of OTAs, and now are confirmed in training camp that Cohen is going to play everywhere. I mean everywhere. Even…quarterback?
In reality, it is outside, in the slot, out of the backfield, everywhere. Cohen is catching passes, and he is running out of the backfield. Cohen is going deep, short, killing people with the ball and without it.
We have been high on Cohen all offseason and are only pouring more gas on that fire.
Cunningham is who he is, and we know what he is by now. He can pass block, and he can catch the football. He has shown both skills off so far, proving he still deserves a roster spot.
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While seemingly everyone is going to get a first-team snap here and there, it is comforting to know Mizzell got some first-team reps as well.
Mizzell came into camp having to prove his worth on the roster, so getting those type of reps at least ensures that he is going to get a long and hard look this summer.
Fortunately for Mizzell, he has lived up to some of the hype around his name. Mizzell is known as a passing game threat and showed that with a sharp catch down the sideline early into camp.
We expected Nall to be a name that would make some of the loudest noise in camp. It is far too early, but he has been quiet. In the clip above, you can see Nick Kwiatkoski owning him in pass protection.
He also has not taken any significant snaps with prominent players. It is far too early, but Nall seems to be in catch up mode at this point.