Chicago Bears: 5 players whose stock rose after preseason Game 1

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Chicago Bears, Khalil Herbert
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Chicago Bears whose stock rose in win over Miami: RB Khalil Herbert

After David Montgomery left the game following his lone carry, it was Damien Williams time. But, Williams did not play a whole lot either, carrying twice and catching one pass. For most of the game, and more notably most of Fields’ playing time, it was rookie Khalil Herbert who got the nod.

While Williams looked good in his few snaps, and Bears fans should be excited to have a true backup running back, Herbert also looked great. The biggest compliment Herbert could get after this game was that he was decisive. As a rookie, it would have been understandable had Herbert looked even just a little bit like he’d never played in the NFL before.

But, he looked like a veteran out there. Herbert rushed six times for 38 yards and caught three passes for 11 yards. Each time he ran the ball, he hit the hole hard and with purpose. He showed great leg strength, too, not going down on first contact and chugging ahead for the extra inches.

Bears fans should feel very comfortable with Herbert, especially while Tarik Cohen recovers from his knee injury. Dare I say, Herbert could eventually take Cohen’s spot on both special teams and offense if the Bears ever moved on from the veteran.