Chicago Bears: Four underrated players to watch during camp
By Cody Young
Artavis Pierce will be looking to solidify himself as the Chicago Bears RB3
Player No. 2: Artavis Pierce
Artavis Pierce was an undrafted free agent from last year who ended up making the team. Pierce only appeared in five games with most of his time coming on special teams. He did, however, get six carries for 34 yards. He also scored one touchdown in 2020, coming in week 16 against the Jaguars on a 13-yard run.
Pierce was a bit of a breakout player from last year’s camp, which of course is what led him to make the team. During his time at Oregon State. Pierce was a four-year player who mostly split time. Despite splitting time, Pierce showed that he can be electric with the ball in his hands.
Over his four years in college, he never posted an average YPC lower than 4.8 while also being quite the red zone target. His senior year, he really broke out putting up a career-high, 13 total touchdowns and racking up over 1,800 scrimmage yards.
If Pierce wants to earn a spot on this team he certainly has his work cut out for him. The top two running back spots are set with David Montgomery and a returning Tarik Cohen. Pierce will be competing against Damien Williams, Ryan Nall, and Khalil Herbert for reps. On paper right now, the veteran Williams might be the favorite but I feel that Pierce’s explosiveness is what gives him the best chance.