Chicago Bears bring back a key free agent and re-sign four more

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The Chicago Bears re-signed Ryan Nall and J.P. Holtz

Ryan Nall – RB

The final two players re-signed today come on the offensive side of the ball. Ryan Nall has become a staple on this team. He played in all 16 games last season, while only receiving five rushing attempts. Nall played a bigger role when Tarik Cohen was lost for the year. He was brought in on some blocking situations and finished with only eight yards rushing.

Nall added some value in the passing game though as he saw nine targets. He caught eight of them for 67 yards and a touchdown. Nall was another undrafted free agent who has been able to carve out a spot on the roster. He spent most of 2019 on the practice squad and will likely wind up there again in 2021.

J.P. Holtz – TE

Finally, the last player re-signed today was J.P. Holtz. Holtz also played in all 16 games in 2020. He saw a bigger role in 2019 when the Chicago Bears claimed him off waivers from Washington early in September. That season, the Chicago Bears tight end room was a joke. Not a single one reached 100 yards. Holtz finished with 91 yards on seven catches that season. Last year he contributed mostly on special teams.

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Final Thoughts:

I foresee Alex Bars once again making the biggest impact of these five in 2020. Josh Woods and James Vaughters will once again have a chance to make an impact as a reserve. Ryan Nall will only make the roster if the team does not add much-needed depth at the running back position. Holtz could make the final roster as a special teams guy again, but that once again will depend on moves made this offseason.