Chicago Bears: Predicting the offensive depth chart for Week 1

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Chicago Bears Depth Chart: Running Backs

The running back situation is somewhat top-heavy. David Montgomery is the clear favorite to carry the major load this season. Behind him is a little murkier. Tarik Cohen is still rehabbing from his torn ACL last season. He is more likely to be a change-of-pace running back who will also play as a wide receiver at times. Damien Williams is the favorite to backup Montgomery and Khalil Herbert has the ability to push Williams in my opinion.

RB1: David Montgomery

Matt Nagy has been on record stating he would love for David Montgomery to see 20 carries per game. We all know that’s not likely, but I do believe Montgomery will be what many consider a bell-cow running back. We saw a taste of what Montgomery could do last year and he has the ability to build on that for 2021.

RB2: Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen should be healthy by now, the fact that he is not is a little concerning. All signs (or words coming out of Bears camp anyway) are pointing to a return for Cohen in Week 1 versus the Rams. He could definitely add another weapon to this offense that desperately needs to improve this season.

RB3: Damien Williams

Damien Williams looked good in the first preseason game versus the Miami Dolphins. He was nothing special versus the Bills or the Titans though. I feel confident in Williams as Montgomery’s backup but I do not expect him to cut too much into Montgomery’s production. Let’s face it, the offensive line plays a big part here and well, that positional group has not looked good at all.

RB4: Khalil Herbert

As Damien Williams looked mediocre in two preseason games, Khalil Herbert looked good in all three. Herbert ran hard and did a decent job on his kickoff returns too. He is a lock to make the final roster and should be the RB4 behind Williams. Williams should not feel comfortable though as I think Herbert can push Williams.