5 underrated Chicago Bears who could make a difference in 2022

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Chicago Bears, Trestan Ebner
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Chicago Bears Player No. 5: Trestan Ebner, RB

Drafting a running back when having as many gaping holes as the Bears did might seem like a bit of a head-scratcher. The duo of David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert seemed like before than enough to get the Bears through 2022. But Ebner’s versatility makes him a lot more than a conventional running back and adds depth to a position group that tends to be most susceptible to injury.

Ebner is a true Swiss Army knife running back. He saw serious playing time as a rusher, receiver, kick returner, and punt returner. Ebner has a solid blend of size and speed for the position. He also possesses excellent vision, which is a big reason for his success as a returner.

A major selling point in Ebner’s game is how he operates as a pass-catcher. He’s not a player who had the bulk of his catches come on screens or swing passes; Ebner has the route running and receiving ability to line up in the slot from time to time. There are distinct differences in the two’s games, but Ebner could be the Tarik Cohen type player the Bears badly missed in 2021.

Special teams ability alone makes Ebner a rosterable player. But the skill set is there for him to be a change of pace running back that gets a handful of carries a game.