The running back room for the Chicago Bears currently consists of Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Taquan Mizzell, and Ryan Nall, but the ongoing vibe coming from general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy is that they are looking to find a more dynamic playmaker to plug into that “lead” spot.
Cohen is an obvious lock to return to the team, but the others guys not so much.
Howard trade rumors continue to pop up, and with him on the last year of his rookie contract, him having a down year in 2018, and Nagy not being able to fit Howard into his scheme, it makes sense for the team to keep their options open.
The NFL Combine is not only the Underwear Olympics, but it’s also where teams meet with draft prospects to pick their brains in both official meetings (getting them on the whiteboard, asking weird psychological questions) and unofficially “bumping” into them at the RCA Dome.
The Bears have already met with four running backs that could be available in the mid to later rounds, and they are Stanford’s Bryce Love (per Mark Grote), Kentucky’s Benny Snell (per Mark Grote), Washington State’s James Williams (per Patrick Finley), and Penn State’s Miles Sanders (per Christian Shanafelt). Sanders said that he and Tarik Cohen would make an effective duo in Chicago.
Our own Aaron Leming periodically updates a list of the prospects the Bears have met with, and you can find that here.