Chicago Bears add veteran running back to the practice squad

Lamar Miller signs with the Chicago Bears and joins the practice squad

According to Tom Pelissero, Lamar Miller signs with the Chicago Bears‘ practice squad on Friday. Miller came for a workout in Chicago on Wednesday along with a few other running backs.

After Tarik Cohen tore his ACL this past Sunday, the Bears are looking for a veteran presence and depth for their young running back room. David Montgomery has the most running back experience in the room with only one full season of experience. Newly-converted Cordarrelle Patterson and undrafted free agents Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce round out the running back room.

Miller now enters his ninth season in the NFL after spending his seasons with the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans. The former fourth-round draft pick made a Pro Bowl in 2018 with the Texans before tearing his ACL in 2019 and missing the season. He has run for 5,864 yards and 32 touchdowns in his career.

Miller signed with the New England Patriots earlier this season but was released shortly after. With the new practice squad rules, veterans can sign with practice squads enabling this signing to take place with Miller.

What can Lamar Miller bring to the Chicago Bears?

It will be interesting to see how much Lamar Miller can bring to the table. He has been somewhat underrated and before the injury was at least consistent. During his Pro Bowl season, he gained 4.6 yards per attempt and he only had one season with less than 4.0 yards per carry throughout his career.

Miller is also underrated as a receiving threat. He will not replace Tarik Cohen in this area, but Miller has seen at least 35 targets in all but his rookie season. He also has eight receiving touchdowns. That’s not that impressive but it just shows he has some versatility.

The 29-year-old expects to be a main backup for Montgomery after transitioning to the active roster. He brings experience to a relatively inexperienced running back group now that Cohen is injured. Will Miller overtake the likes Artavis Pierce and Ryan Nall or find himself back out on the street?