Chicago Bears must sign one of these three running backs

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Carlos Hyde

Playing in place of the injured Lamar Miller, Carlos Hyde had the best year of his career. He rushed for 1,070 yards on 245 carries while crossing the goal line six times. He’s similar to Howard in that he’s not really a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, but the Chicago Bears already have two guys on the roster who can do that in Montgomery and Cohen.

Still, he broke 22 tackles last year and picked up 55 first downs. Just for reference, Howard broke eight tackles and picked up 55 first downs in his final season in Chicago. Hyde would very much be Howard-like, and it was evident last year that they missed the former Bear. Granted, the offensive line played terribly.

He’s 29 years old and has more mileage than both Freeman and Crowell in approximately the same amount of games. However, Hyde is a big physical back who gets a large portion of his yards after contact; 545 yards of his 1,070 yards last season.

Totals Table
Rushing Receiving
Rk Player From To AV G Att Yds TD Y/A Lng Rec Yds TD Y/R Lng
1 Isaiah Crowell 2014 2018 25 77 880 3803 27 4.3 85 117 922 1 7.9 53
2 Devonta Freeman 2014 2019 47 77 951 3972 32 4.2 75 257 2015 11 7.8 44
3 Carlos Hyde 2014 2019 31 80 1072 4370 32 4.1 61 129 709 3 5.5 19

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Final Thoughts

Cohen has been the subject of trade discussion this offseason given his down year in 2019. However, he’s still a valuable asset but was misutilized running through the tackles. The Chicago Bears should add another running back to their disposable to keep the chains moving while also taking some of the pressure off the quarterbacks, whoever that ends up being.