How the Chicago Bears rookies performed against the Raiders

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The Chicago Bears found another gem

I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t pat myself on the back about the Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert. In a previous article, I discussed how I am not a fan of Damien Williams (still not) and have more faith in Khalil Herbert in the backfield. Herbert showed what he could become in the NFL. He is not a gadget back, a “serviceable” back, nor a third-down only back. Khalil Herbert showed that he could be a starting running caliber back in the NFL. Herbert runs hard downhill with a one-cut style like Matt Forte, but not as good hands in a smaller package.

The Chicago Bears showed faith in Khalil Herbert by giving him the bulk of the carriers and using him late to chew the clock. Ryan Pace has an excellent track record with the defensive line and running back. If that doesn’t scream Chicago Bears football, I don’t know what else does. Khalil Herbert rushed 18 times for75 yards with a long of 11 yards. It’s not like Herbert ripped off a chunk to skew his numbers. Damien Williams did get the touchdowns and is more dynamic in the running game, but as the Chicago Bears advance, Herbert should be the leading ball carrier while Williams holds onto his reserve role.

If everything works out well for the Chicago Bears, this rookie class could change the fate of the future for the Chicago Bears. The running backs of David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and Khalil Herbert make for a diverse group. The quarterback of the future is here, and the tackles look sizeable. We need more games to learn what Khalil Herbert and his rookie companions can do, but the future looks brighter each week.