3 bold predictions for Chicago Bears running backs in 2023

The Chicago Bears have a group of running backs and a lot of things can happen this year between them

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2. Roschon Johnson finishes as the Chicago Bears stat leader

While Roschon Johnson is just a fourth-round rookie, and it is hard to say he will get the leading workload, especially in week one, the odds of him being the man by the end of the season are high. Johnson still has to transition to the NFL, but everything about his leadership and work ethic says that he is ready to take the challenge head-on.

Johnson also has a skill set the Chicago Bears need. He has the power to run between the tackles and is not one to kick runs outside if they do not need to. Johnson can handle 20 carries, and that is something that Herbert may not have. Also, Johnson is a weapon in the passing game. He can catch, and he can block, which is vital. These are areas where Foreman struggles.

So, he is a perfect complement to both Herbert and Foreman and does a little of what neither can. Of any back, he is the most complete. So, he may not start week one due to learning the playbook and catching up to these veterans.

However, his role will start with a goal line carry or two and then a third down or two as a pass blocker. Then a catch or two and a run or two. From there, he can be the man to take over the workload. Still, as we noted, even if he does not hog all the work, because he can catch passes and is trained with power in the red zone, he can easily lead the team in catches and touchdowns. The yards will simply come from the respect he gains leading in those areas. Keep an eye on Roschon Johnson, even if he is RB3 after week one.