3. Khalil Herbert
Herbert entered 2023 as the Bears' lead back after serving as a backup to David Montgomery the prior two seasons. He provided excellent burst to complement the power rushing of Montgomery.
At this point, it looks as though that may have been his best role. Herbert did suffer an injury which casued him to miss five games, but he looked like a different player after returning. He was a step slower and his numbers illustrate that. Prior to the knee injury in week five against the Commanders, Herbert was leading the team in rush yards with 272 and 5.3 yards per carry.
In the final seven games, he only surpassed 40 yards rushing twice with back-to-back games of 100 yards against the Cardinals and Falcons in Weeks 15-16. Perhaps he was getting back to full strength down the stretch, but he didn't look like a feature back.
It also seemed as though rookie Roschon Johnson was in the game on passing downs much more frequently than Herbert, showing the coaching staff did not trust Herbet in pass protection picking up blitzes.
Herbert will be entering his contract year in 2024 and if Johnson continues to improve along with a potential draft pick coming in, Herbert can likely be looking for work elsewhere come 2025.
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