Chicago Bears: 3 running backs Bears should acquire immediately

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Chicago Bears, Joshua Kelley
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The Chicago Bears should trade for Joshua Kelley

The first back the Bears should target is only a second-year pro, yet he’s found himself on the outside looking in. Joshua Kelley has been buried on the depth chart this season, and the Los Angeles Chargers running back has yet to earn a single carry.

Los Angeles obviously has Austin Ekeler starting, and as of last year it was Kelley and Justin Jackson who helped back him up. However, all of the sudden, rookie Larry Rountree has leapfrogged both of these guys it seems.

Now, Kelley has found himself as a healthy scratch and hasn’t seen the field. The former UCLA Bruin was a fourth-round pick in 2020 and runs tough. His 3.2 yards per carry in 2020 aren’t exactly indicative of what he can truly do, especially because the Chargers’ offensive line is much-improved this year.

Kelley is also experienced in the passing game and can offer the Bears some depth as a third down back. Last year, he caught all 23 of his targets, proving he is dependable in that respect. The Bears could likely get Kelley for a late-round, future draft pick if they tried. He would be worth the risk at this point, especially with being on a rookie contract still.