Chicago Bears: Projecting 2021 offensive stats for the running backs

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Projecting 2021 stats for Chicago Bears running back Damien Williams

I for one absolutely love the addition of Damien Williams to this running back group. He brings an insurance policy to the position that the team did not have last season. His presence will also cut into some of David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen’s touches, but only ever so slightly.

Williams brings experience to the group too. Playing on the Chiefs, he has an understanding of what Matt Nagy wants to do with the football. He also has playoff and Super Bowl winning experience that he is able to share. Damien Williams opted out in 2020 because his mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Unfortunately for Williams, opting out hurt his ability to find a better contract and role on a team in 2021. Therefore, I do not think he sees as many touches as he’d like this year unless one of Montgomery or Cohen gets hurt.

Rushing Attempts: 46
Rushing Yards: 160
Rushing TDs: 1
Yards Per Carry (YPC): 4.2
Targets: 25
Receptions: 18
Receiving Yards: 133
Receiving TDs: 1

Projecting 2021 stats for the Chicago Bears fourth running back

When it comes to the fourth running back spot on this team, I am not going to attempt to believe I know who wins that job. It could be Ryan Nall again (doubtful) or maybe Artavis Pierce (better chance). Honestly, if I was a betting man, I’d give the nod to Khalil Herbert. Herbert was drafted in the sixth round this season and I can see him getting the first crack to win the job. No matter who wins the job, unless major injuries take place, he will not add much statistically.

Rushing Attempts: 10
Rushing Yards: 35
Rushing TDs: 0
Yards Per Carry (YPC): 3.5
Targets: 5
Receptions: 3
Receiving Yards: 20
Receiving TDs: 0

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From an overall perspective, I think this running back group is better than what the team had last season. I think we see this team play better overall no matter if Andy Dalton or Justin Fields is under center. The question will be, are they able to play good enough to string victories together?