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Film study: New Bears RB CJ Marable a shifty UDFA back

CJ Marable is an intriguing runner who brings a dynamic edge to the Bears’ running back room.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Coastal Carolina at Kansas Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Bears doubled down on shifty running backs on Saturday, drafting Khalil Herbert in Round 6 of the 2021 NFL Draft and signing Coastal Carolina’s CJ Marable as an undrafted free agent.

Marable had 2,691 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground in the three seasons he played for the Chanticleers, averaging 5.5 yards per carry at the collegiate level. He was also plenty productive as a pass-catcher, catching 84 passes for 703 yards and 12 touchdowns.

A shifty back with reliable ball-carrier vision in between the tackles and plenty of agility once he gets out into space, Marable showcased the ability to squeeze through holes in between the tackles and make defenders miss in the open field. He is also a tough runner whose low center of gravity allows him to bounce off of defenders.

I broke down Marable’s game and why he should be an undrafted free agent signing of interest for the Bears.