Chicago Bears Preseason Week One What to Watch For: RBs

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Jordan Howard /

What should we be looking for from the Chicago Bears running backs in their first preseason game?

Without the starters playing it was tough to gain anything of actual use from the Chicago Bears Hall of Fame game. However, now in what is technically Week One of the preseason, we will get to see the starting point for both starting running backs, as well as the week to week momentum from the depth pieces.

Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen

There are just a few things to look into concerning these two as they will unlikely see much action again. Still, for Howard, they should throw him the football. There is no simulation for game speed, and there is no way to see if he can catch in game speed without throwing him the ball. First play of the game, easy dump off to Howard, get the confidence boosting.

As for Cohen, does he get on the field with Howard? Where is he lining up? Are they in the backfield together, or is he out wide? Maybe they go Howard for a series, Cohen for a series? The usage is all that needs to be seen.

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There still is not much to see from Benny Cunningham. Still, it is a question as to how much more the team will need to see from him this preseason. They should be spending a lot of this time getting Ryan Nall and Taquan Mizzell serious repetitions

Taquan Mizzell, Michael Burton and Ryan Nall

Michael Burton not only started but caught two passes on the first drive. While starting in the Hall of Fame game may mean the team does not have much use for him this season, it was Mizzell and Nall off of the bench well after Burton.

This spring we had mentioned Nall is going to push Burton for a roster spot. So far, it looks as though Nall has a long ways to go.

Of course, that can change in an instant. Does Burton see time with the real starters? That is what matters.

Mizzell was ahead of Nall as a running back as well and looked more confident than him as a runner. Nall is a rookie UDFA, so this should not be shocking.

However, after encapsulating the first rush of the preseason and being able to digest it, does Nall come out more prepared? Do we see things slow down a bit? Does the team give him a few more chances earlier into the game? We now have the opportunity to track this momentum.