5 Bears who have offered almost nothing to the team in 2021

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Chicago Bears, Damien Williams
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Chicago Bears Low-Impact Player No. 2: Damien Williams, HB

While his nickname is “Playoff Damien” and not “Regular Season Damien”, it’s still fair to say that Damien Williams has been a rather low-impact player through the first half of the 2021 season.

Now, obviously, he wasn’t a major part of the offense with David Montgomery healthy, but when an opportunity came knocking at his door, he hasn’t been able to deliver. Rather, it was rookie Khalil Herbert that took the crown as the next guy up and continues to impress.

Through eight games, Williams has been able to produce 139 yards on 37 rushes. For those that struggle with mental math, I got you. Williams averages 3.75 yards per carry, and now, that’s not the worst yards per carry amount in the league, but it’s not great.

For context, Nick Chubb leads the NFL with 6.0 yards per carry (100+ carries).

Not only is 139 total yards not anything to write home about, but 85% of the yards came in two games alone. So, in six games outside those two, Damien Williams totaled 20 yards. I think it’s safe to say he’s been rather low-impact after reading that out loud.

The worst part about Damien Williams being a low-impact guy is he could’ve not been signed, and the Chicago Bears would be fine at running back, even with Montgomery’s injuries. It’s clear when Williams is in, he’s a worse running back than Montgomery and/or Herbert. Obviously, hindsight is 20/20.

Considering Williams signed a one-year deal for $1,125,000, one of the positives is at least his deal is more pocket-friendly.

Unfortunately, that’s just about the best thing about Damien Williams is that he’s only tied to the Chicago Bears for this season. Barring a legendary second-half of the season, I see this being another free agent miss by the Chicago Bears due to how low-impact Damien Williams has been so far.