Chicago Bears: 4 discounted free agent running backs Ryan Pace must consider

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Jonathan Williams

The final option is similar to Javorius Allen. Jonathan Williams would not just bump Ryan Nall off the depth chart. That said, he brings more competition to the table than Artavis Pierce and Napoleon Maxwell.

Williams was a fifth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2016. He played in 11 games his rookie season and saw 27 attempts for 94 yards and a touchdown. This is only a 3.5 yards per carry average and the Bills never saw enough from Williams to keep him around. He was cut in 2017 after bouncing around on and off the Bills practice squad.

In 2018, Williams made the Saints roster, but only saw action in three games. It was not until last season when the Colts added Williams to its practice squad in October that he found his way into having the best season of his career. In late November, Williams was activated to the active roster and received the biggest opportunity to shine yet. He played in nine games and started in one.

Williams averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He gained 235 yards on 49 carries and scored one touchdown. He also caught all five of his targets for another 59 yards. These numbers do not jump off the stats page though and this is why the team should not just lock him up for the third spot.

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Ryan Pace cannot just stand by and leave this running back group so shallow at the back end. If he is not wanting to spend big on a guy like Devonta Freeman or Lamar Miller, then one of these four could be a discounted option.