4 Bears thoughts entering Week 17 against the Atlanta Falcons

As the Bears play their final home game season of the 2023 season, here are my 4 thoughts entering Week 17 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Thought No.2: Should the Bears consider upgrading the running back position this off-season?

The Bears are fortunate to have serious depth at running back position the entire season. Khalil Herbert had a nice game after he was slowed down by an ankle sprain for the last few weeks. This comes after D'Onta Foreman missed the Cardinals game for a personal reason.

When healthy, Herbert has shown more burst and has had big runs in the past. But he is not a good pass catcher nor a good blocker, something Johnson is better at. They complement each other's game. Both players will definitely be back next season, while Foreman's future will be up in the air as he is a free agent.

Chicago Bears, Khalil Herbert
Chicago Bears, Khalil Herbert / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Foreman has played well at times and still can be a serious contributor. But the Bears must use the next two games to evaluate both Herbert and the rookie Roschon Johnson in particular. Many expected Johnson to get more carries by now, but it looks like the Bears treat him like a complementary back more so than someone, who can carry the ball 15-20 times a game. Entering the Falcons game, he has 311 rushing yards on 69 carries and scored only one touchdown.

The Bears could also consider upgrading the position this off-season by using their mid-round pick on players like Braelon Allen from Wisconsin, Bucky Irving from Oregon, Trey Benson from Florida State, or a more speedy scatback like Tarik Cohen before injuries derailed his career.