Chicago Bears: Players on roster bubble to watch vs. Denver Broncos

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Do Bears keep a fullback or fourth running back?

One of my favorite battles going on right now is in three-headed form. Currently, Michael Burton is the starting fullback for the Bears. But, do the Bears truly need to keep him?

Matt Nagy likes to use tight ends in similar fashion as a fullback, and the Bears will more than likely keep four tight ends on the roster — more on that later. With four tight ends and potentially four running backs making the roster, where does Burton fit?

Well, that’s just it. If the Bears keep four running backs, Burton is out. If they choose to keep Burton as a full back, then both Ryan Nall and Taquan Mizzell are out.

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Saturday night, I’ll be especially interested to see what Nall does. How will he follow up his near-100-yard rushing performance against the Bengals last week? Nall certainly caught the eyes of fans after scampering up the sidelines for a 69-yard burst.

Mizzell seems to be fading, and that is no surprise. Most knew he was simply a camp body and, at this point, he’s auditioning for a job elsewhere.

This one will be between Nall and Burton, the way I see it. Personally, I think Nall gives this Bears offense a lot more value than Burton. He’s younger, faster, possesses much better vision and footwork, and he proved in college he can even catch the ball.