Chicago Bears who need to step up vs. Bills: RB Artavis Pierce
Last year, the Bears brought in another undrafted running back out of Oregon State, Artavis Pierce, to go with one former Beaver, Ryan Nall. Both guys have shown the ability to rip off strong runs here and there and thus give the Bears a lot to think about.
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However, this year may be the year where Nall is finally on a quest to find a new team. With David Montgomery, Damien Williams, Khalil Herbert and Tarik Cohen (once back from injury), the Bears’ running back room is simply too crowded.
If Nall has to find a new team, then that means Pierce will too. So, this is more about Pierce getting opportunities to put film out there for another team to look at and decide to give him a job.
Last week against Miami, both Nall and Pierce came away with a big run — Pierce’s being the longer one at 51 yards. Pierce’s run was impressive, too, as he was able to break several tackles and drag guys with him at the tail end. He has plenty to offer another team as a third string running back, but just needs an opportunity.
The Bears should give Pierce enough run against Buffalo to show other teams he’s worthy of picking up when he is inevitably cut. Now, there is still a chance he sticks around on the practice squad, which would be a luxury for the Bears. But, again, this is about giving Pierce a chance to earn a living — a living he’s fully capable of making.