Chicago Bears 53-man Roster Update: RBs should be locked in
After their performances in the preseason, the running back position should be pretty set in stone concerning the Chicago Bears
We didn’t see much Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen this preseason, but we did not need to. Their roles are locked in on the Chicago Bears roster. Instead of risking their injury status, the team just got them loose and got extra reps in with the rest of the running backs to sort through who they should and should not keep.
After four preseason games and joint practices with the Denver Broncos, it has become apparent where the pecking order resides in Chicago. The two big dogs will make the roster. Benny Cunningham will make it, and Michael Burton will make it.
This leaves us with Taquan Mizzell, Ryan Nall, and Knile Davis getting the ax. I do not even think that I need to bring up the stats to asset my take on Taquan Mizzell. He likely has ensured that he is not only off of the roster but also off of the practice squad. There seems to be little to invest in a small back with limited vision and passing game ability.
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In Ryan Nall, there are his supporters. However, he is slowly showing that he is the Tanner Gentry of 2018. Nall broke out a 69-yard run in the second preseason game but has been pedestrian in every phase excluding that run. Some of his supporters have started to back off and realized that he needs time on the practice squad. Nall has flashed pass catching and blocking to line up in the H-back role. He has shown enough to make the practice squad. However, he would need the performance of his life to crack the 53.
We all knew what we had in Knile Davis. He had a chance to flash as a kick returner and back his way into a roster spot. However, he struggled more he excelled in that area and further grew the idea that him making the roster was a stretch.
Michael Burton came into the regular season on the roster bubble but has proven over the last month or so that he is a valued commodity on the team. Benny Cunningham took off against the Kansas City Chiefs to show that he is of full health and a great situational backup to Cohen and Howard.
With that in mind, this thing is set in stone. Burton and Cunningham may not even play as Mizzell and Nall battle one last time for practice squad consideration. Nall holds the lead at the moment. As for Knile Davis, the final preseason game is about an audition for another team.