2 Chicago Bears players who should have an expanded role in 2023, and 2 who should not

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Chicago Bears, Roschon Johnson
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2. Chicago Bears will use Roschon Johnson more than Texas

This one is probably pretty obvious, considering Roschon Johnson is a rookie. He will have a bigger role than last year. Still, it is a weird scenario where Robinson was not a workhorse by any means. He was competing with Bijan Robinson and plenty would agree that Robinson is better than anyone on the Bears roster.

So, Johnson was a backup last season, but all of a sudden has lesser competition as he jumps to the NFL. Last season Roschon Johnson had just 93 carries. His career high in a season was just 123 carries.

When we set expectations for his rookie season, it was firmly possible that Johnson could end up with 120 carries this season. That would put him in a similar light to names such as Samaje Perine, Jamaal Williams, and Rhamondre Stevenson. None of them took over the backfield when they were day three rookies, but all of them were in the mix.

If Roschon Johnson wants to be on that level, it will mean more carries in the NFL than his last season in college. For the Chicago Bears, Roschon Johnson is the most versatile and complete back on the roster. Although he lacks in some areas, they will have a need to get him on the field, which adds to his role, and the roles of the other running backs.