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Kyle Long Jerseys Stitched , Robert S. turns to film to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Bears’ current runningback room" Xs and OsPollVideoFilm Study: Reviewing the Bears’ RunningbacksNew,234commentsWith Howard gone and the draft approaching, Robert S. turns to film to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Bears’ current runningback roomCDTThere’s been a lot of talk about the Bears drafting a new starting RB, and for good reason — their 2018 starter is now an Eagle, they signed Mike Davis in free agency, and they’ve met with ~17 unique RB prospects in the pre-draft process.But what do the Bears currently have at RB? Why do they need a new one? Find out in this film study! Throughout this breakdown I’ll give insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the main 2019 Bears’ RBs, namely Cohen, Davis, and Patterson. As usual, if the videos don’t work on your platform simply look for the italicized portion of the paragraph — that should be a link to the video being referenced.We’ll start off with...Tarik CohenThe explosion Cohen displays is absolutely unreal. Watch him go from a standstill to 20 yards downfield here — suffice to say, that’s not common in the NFL. His ability to create something out of nothing keeps defenses constantly on alert.But any who’ve seen Cohen play know that he’s not just a runner, he’s a capable receiver too. Cohen’s ability to play both out of the backfield and off the line of scrimmage creates big plays like the one shown here — the defense simply doesn’t expect him to run a sideline go route, leaving a huge hole up the sidelines. Cohen makes them pay dearly.Cohen’s versatility allows Nagy to switch formations virtually at will Youth Anthony Miller Jerseys , and it shows up in the offense. Take a look at this play — while it isn’t successful, the Bears flex from an I-Formation look to a shotgun set with Cohen out wide without missing a beat. Cohen gives Nagy tons of formation flexibility whenever he’s on the field.All of this said, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out Cohen’s weakness as a power runner. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a feisty guy (as pictured above), but he doesn’t run inside the tackles often and likely won’t going forward. He’s a deadly weapon, but he’s not our 2019 feature back.Next, let’s review...Mike DavisAt ~220lbs, Davis is a natural fit between the tackles and plays with a surprising amount of burst for a man his size. He’s not one to go down to a bad tackle and lowers his shoulder effectively. Davis could run well in Nagy’s inside-zone scheme.But what separates Mike Davis from your run-of-the-mill downhill back are his surprisingly smooth hands -- check out how fluidly he catches the ball here, wasting no time between the catch itself and the run afterward. Also note his spin move — it’s one of his favorite tools in the open field.Unfortunately, Davis has occasional issues with open-field decision-making — this play shows him pass on a sure first down, instead choosing to break back into the middle of the field and lose yardage. I’d like to see him finish runs like these physically in the future.Davis also leaves a lot to be desired in pass protection — in the 3 games I charted, he gave up a sack, a pressure Anthony Miller Jerseys Stitched , and a QBH on only 5 blocking snaps. Davis’s talents as a runner & receiver make him great fits for Nagy’s offense, but his blocking may deny him the starting role.Last but not least, let’s discuss a dangerous player that I think was brought in to play a surprisingly heavy RB role...Cordarrelle PattersonPatterson is wickedly fast and hits the hole hard — check out how smoothly he navigates traffic here, picking 20 yards without breaking a sweat.Patterson’s bigger than you may realize — his 6’2”, 220lb frame gives him plenty of power, making him a tough man to bring down. Don’t be surprised if he ends up getting the ball in short-yardage situations throughout 2019.But the best part about Patterson’s game (and what I think makes him fit so well in this Bears offense) is that he, Davis, and Cohen can all catch the ball well out of the backfield. Patterson flashes each of his tools on this play — he catches the ball smoothly, jets by the linebacker, and runs over the first DB that reaches him. The dude’s a weapon.And, of course, he’s got plenty of experience as a receiver too — while his routes aren’t always perfect, his speed and size will make you pay if you leave him open deep. He’s very Youth Sherrick McManis Jerseys , very dangerous in the open field.Ultimately I expect Patterson to be used as an RB/KR — before 2018 he averaged ~10 carries/year, but the Pats gave him 42 and I thought he did well with them. The Bears have decent WR depth, so it won’t shock me if Patterson primarily supports the RB room, getting 50-70 carries throughout the season.ConclusionBased on the analysis above, the Bears seem to be missing a true “do-it-all” back. If our RBs are a cake, we have fantastic icing (Patterson, Cohen) but need more cake. I expect the Bears to focus on backs with inside vision and a quick first 10 yards that catch and block well. He should be able to handle ~150 carries. Mike Davis is solid, so it won’t shock me if he “starts” the first 2-4 games (remember, RBBC!) while we ease the rookie in. As for who that rookie is? You’ll have to ask draft gurus like EJ Snyder, Jacob Infante, or Aaron Leming. Trayveon Williams and Miles Sanders seem like solid fits to me, but I’m no expert.But what do you think about the Bears RBs? Like em? Think they could’ve been better? Let me know! CHICAGO (AP) — Russell Wilson looked to his left and his right. He looked for help in the middle of the field. He looked short and he looked for deep balls.No one was open.It was that kind of Monday night for the Seattle Seahawks.Wilson was surrounded for most of Seattle’s 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears, and he got very little help from his teammates until the fourth quarter. He was sacked six times for the second straight week Sherrick McManis Jerseys Stitched , including five in the first half, and made a game-sealing mistake in the final period.“We’re still a work in progress,” coach Pete Carroll said. “You can see how hard our guys played, see how they fought throughout all the way to the last seconds on the clock.”Seattle (0-2) played without guard D.J. Fluker and receiver Doug Baldwin due to injuries, and Baldwin’s absence was particularly noticeable. Tyler Lockett was the Seahawks’ top receiver with five catches for 60 yards, but he got most of his numbers in the fourth. Brandon Marshall struggled to get open against one of his former teams.“I can always do better,” Marshall said. “There’s some things I definitely have to clean up. Just got to be sharper in everything that I do. We got to find a way to make plays.”The rushing attack also was shut down by Chicago’s refurbished defense, finishing with 74 yards on 22 carries. Seattle went almost 24 minutes of game time between rushing plays at one point.Wilson began the fourth quarter with just 69 yards on 9-for-20 passing, but he tried to rally the Seahawks down the stretch.“The fourth quarter showed us who we are and who we can be,” Wilson said. “We just got to get a better start and try to figure out how to catch that fire that we had in the fourth quarter, let’s put it in the first, second, third if we can do that Youth Mitchell Trubisky Jerseys , which I don’t think we’re far off by any means.”The four-time Pro Bowler found Lockett for 20 yards and tight end Nathan Vannett for 11 to move Seattle deep into Chicago territory. He then threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Lockett to trim the Bears’ lead to 17-10 with 10:13 left.Chicago (1-1) went three and out on the ensuing drive and punted the ball right back to Seattle. But Wilson’s pass intended for Rashaad Penny near midfield was picked off by Prince Amukamara, who returned his first interception since 2015 for his first career touchdown with 6:37 remaining.“You can’t even remember the last time Russ did that,” Carroll said.Wilson also lost a fumble on Seattle’s next drive. He passed to Will Dissly for a 2-yard touchdown with 14 seconds to go, but the Seahawks’ onside kick was unsuccessful and the Bears ran out the clock.The lackluster showing for Seattle’s offense wasted a solid performance for its defense, led by two second-quarter interceptions for Shaquill Griffin. The second-year cornerback made a nice play on an underthrown ball by Mitchell Trubisky, and then had a diving grab on a tipped ball.Mychal Kendricks had one of Seattle’s two sacks in his first game since he signed with the Seahawks on Friday. Kendricks pleaded guilty last week to insider trading charges, but he isn’t expected to be sentenced in the case until January and the NFL has yet to impose any discipline.“Just having this opportunity to play it means so much more to me,” said Kendricks, who was released by Cleveland on Aug. 29 after the charges were filed. “That being said, I plan on doing the most with it.”It just wasn’t enough, not with the Seahawks’ ineffective offense.Wilson was 22 for 36 for 226 yards. Penny was the top rusher with 10 carries for 30 yards as Seattle possessed the ball for just 25 1/2 minutes.“The fighter mentality in me is always going to be there so you can’t play scared,” Wilson said. “You got to be able to go for it. I think we were still able to do that. We had a lot of fourth-quarter comebacks and I believe those are going to happen.”
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