Chicago Bears: 4 mistakes made over the offseason

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2. Not adding a capable backup running back

Look, I know running backs essentially grow on trees nowadays, but the Bears may have really hurt themselves by not adding a backup running back to David Montgomery.

The Bears must know something we do not, because if Montgomery goes down (God forbid), this team is sheer out of luck. There is absolutely no chance Tarik Cohen can handle a full workload. He is best suited as a gadget guy, plus using his speed and agility on punt returns — that is assuming he gets back to the more decisive Cohen we saw in 2018.

The team definitely wants to use Cordarrelle Patterson more as a running back, and I like that idea. He’s fantastic out of the back field. But, is he capable of becoming a true running back if Montgomery went down? I don’t believe so. The Bears could still look at someone like Lamar Miller or Isaiah Crowell, but we’ll see.

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Carlos Hyde finally signed this past week, joining the Seattle Seahawks. I think Hyde would have been a fantastic add, especially on the cheap. A 1,000-yard rusher last year, Hyde proved he had plenty left in the tank.

The team did add undrafted Artavis Pierce out of Oregon State, who will ironically compete for a spot with another former Oregon State Beaver, Ryan Nall. Pierce is explosive and plays quick, which gives me reason to believe he might have a shot to make the team. But, I would have preferred a more sure thing in the end.