What does the Chicago Bears depth chart look like at running back heading into the 2020 NFL draft?
With the big wave of free agents being signed, the Chicago Bears are unlikely to make any serious additions until after the NFL draft. With that in mind, it is a good time to look into what the Chicago Bears depth chart may look like. Who are the running backs on the Chicago Bears roster and how do they fit on their depth chart?
1. David Montgomery
Looking at the raw stats, David Montgomery had a poor rookie season. However, the advanced stats do show that the offensive line, quarterback, and play design limited Montgomery, and he was more efficient on his carries than Jordan Howard was a year prior, despite similar counting stats.
Despite some talk that if the right back fell, the Bears are going to roll with Montgomery in year two, and see what has. Without quarterback as an excuse, and a year in the NFL under his belt, we should see more of what he brings.
2. Tarik Cohen
Tarik Cohen is a good player, but his usage defines how electric he can be. If he gets the ball in the right areas, he can burst and break tackles, but there are too many areas where he has to be put in a position to succeed rather than create on his own.
Cohen is a great complimentary as the advanced stats show. However, that is what he is, a compliment to David Montgomery. He will be second in carries to him and may have more targets than carries.
3. Ryan Nall
Nall spent the majority of his rookie season on the practice squad, but came back the following season and won himself a roster spot in year two. Now, he has officially made it longer than Taquan Mizzell, and Kerrith Whyte, two players he once competed with in training camp.
Nall has some H-back capability, some special teams ability, but overall he has played eight offensive snaps in the NFL. He could be a number three option entering year three, and Matt Nagy surely likes his versatility, but he has proven little to this point.
The realization that the depth chart finishes at three makes you think that they will add running back at some point. Will it be in the NFL draft, will it be a group of UDFA’s who will compete with Nall? Whatever they do, they need to add a few more names to provide depth, and potential talent to take over for Ryan Nall.