Chicago Bears 53-Man Roster Projection: Post-training camp edition

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Running Backs

The running back group in Chicago should be quite the dynamic one when it’s all said and done. The first three guys seem like a lock at this point, but it’s that fourth spot which causes a bit of mystery. Here’s a hint: I don’t see the Bears keeping Michael Burton on the roster. Instead, there’s a player who can assume the full back role while also providing depth in the run game.

Starter: Jordan Howard

The most exciting part of Howard’s training camp, for me, has been the fact that he’s spent extra time catching anywhere from 200-300 balls every single day. Nagy made it a concerted effort to inform the media they were going to use Howard in every way possible, and that he is certainly capable of being a 3-down back. Howard has taken all of the criticism regarding his hands to heart, that’s for sure.

Backup: Tarik Cohen

Cohen had a stellar training camp. He was seen lining up all over the place, as was the plan, and making play after play from every spot on the field. Obviously a fan favorite, he played to the crowd repeatedly as we saw several back flips in the end zone following a big play.

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Third String: Benny Cunningham

Cunningham will undoubtedly be the Bears’ third string back. He provides tons of experience and a lot of value on special teams as a return specialist. He is the veteran of the group.

Fullback/Fourth String: Ryan Nall

The last unofficial depth chart saw Taquan Mizzell ahead of Nall, but I don’t see that lasting. Nall had an impressive showing against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second preseason game, rushing nine times for 95 yards — including a huge 69-yard scamper down the sideline. Nall is a bigger back whom the Bears can use at fullback if they would like to, but he can also run between the tackles.