With David Montgomery out and Damien Williams coming off a week that was shortened due to having an injury issue of his own, it felt as if it was a only a matter of time until the Bears did some roster manuevering.
And it is coming this weekend:
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 8, 2021
Running back Ryan Nall is making his way back to the big club, tweets NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero. Nall, 25, has 13 total touches in 24 games. But has one receiving touchdown to his name since debuting in 2019. In other words, don’t expect to see too much of Nall. At least, not as a feature back or pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Where Nall most likely slides into the game plan is as a core special teams player. Not only does Nall round out the RBs room with his arrival, he figures to also take on some special teams duties. Last season, Nall was in on 64.8 percent of the team’s special teams snaps. Only three Bears — Barkevious Mingo, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, and DeAndre Houston-Carson — were in on more than the 294 third-phase snaps made by Nall in 2020.
No Montgomery means a healthy Damien Williams checking in as RB1. Behind Williams is Khalil Herbert, a rookie sixth-round pick whose experience has come primarily on kick returns. And then there is Nall, who fills the role of the guy who is a running back by trade spending a healthy chunk of time on special teams. Without Montgomery, maybe this will provide an opportunity for creativity in the ground game. Some designed runs for Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney, Marquise Goodwin, and others could be in play on Sunday. Even if the Bears’ top rusher won’t be.