Chicago Bears: Players who can earn roster spot against Chiefs

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Ryan Nall Chicago Bears
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Running Back Ryan Nall

When you look at the Bears’ group of running and particularly the last two fighting for a spot, you notice some key differences. If the Bears choose to keep four running backs and cut fullback Michael Burton — which they should — it will be between Ryan Nall and Taquan Mizzell.

The thing with Mizzell is, there isn’t one thing he does particularly well. His preseason work has been lackluster at best. His speed is average. His footwork is average. He doesn’t possess above-average ability to find holes or break to the outside. He is, in a word, average. He is essentially a poor man’s Benny Cunningham — and that might be a big compliment.

Nall has shown flashes in both training camp and the preseason. His big spotlight performance came against the Bengals in that second preseason game, where he rushed nine times for 95 yards, including a 69-yard burst down the sideline.

He has stated that his desire is to play running back, but he will do whatever is asked of him. If Nagy wants to keep the most versatile players he can, Nall fits the bill. He has incredible speed for a guy his size and provides goal-line value as well.

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My hope is that Nall gets a good amount of time against the Chiefs and Mizzell doesn’t see much action. This has not been the case thus far in the preseason, which should worry fans of Nall like myself. If given the opportunity, Nall will be able to prove why he is a much better candidate for the roster than either Mizzell or Burton.