Chicago Bears 2021 RB Depth Chart: Post OTAs

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Now that the Chicago Bears have finished off their mandatory OTAs, they have a bit of wait as players get in the mindset to come to training camp and start the 2021 NFL season. Training camp is when the depth chart will be finalized for the season, but there will be an order of who gets chances first heading into camp.

With that in mind, how does the Chicago Bears’ running back depth chart stack up before they head to training camp.

1. David Montgomery

This has a chance to be the breakout year for David Montgomery. Not only because of the changes to the offensive line and quarterback, but also his assertion that he is going to step up this season as a leader on and off of the field. He is entering his third year which is typically when things like leadership and growth start to come together.

2. Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen tore his ACL but appears to be on track to at least start working with the team in training camp. The Bears have not yet ruled out Week 1, but at the worst they are going to get contributions from Cohen this season.

3. Damien Williams

It will be interesting to see what role Williams has in 2021. When Matt Nagy has had a lead back such as Montgomery he has rolled with him with a little change-up. Does Williams get many snaps barring a Montgomery injury?

4. Khalil Herbert

Herber has his easiest path to the roster identified by being the team’s kick returner. Herbert has a chance to make Williams expendable as well with a strong camp, but for now, is the #4 and a special team asset.

5. Ryan Nall

This could be the end of the line for Ryan Nall. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season and while he does show special teams effort, he has been given a few chances and has not proven he is an NFL caliber back.

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6. Artavis Pierce

Artavis Pierce could stick around on the practice squad over Nall as he is younger and has more team control in his contract. It is worth noting that while Nall played more offensive snaps and had more touches than Pierce, Pierce had more rushing attempts overall.

7. CJ Marable

Marable is a smaller back who has a quick plant and juke ability but a question as to whether his burst can maintain in the NFL. He is a UDFA with practice squad upside.