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  •  Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2019 season. We’ll speculate on who stays Marcus Cooper Jersey , who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make."Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansBreaking News:The Bears' 2019 Draft class is complete!脳Latest NewsNotesRoster AnalysisChicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Will there be a running back makeover?New,55commentsIn this 13 part series we’ll take an in depth look at each position group for the Chicago Bears with an eye towards the 2019 season. We’ll speculate on who stays, who goes, and some potential additions we’d like to see general manager Ryan Pace make.CSTShareTweetShareShareChicago Bears 2019 Roster Turnover: Will there be a running back makeover?Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsJordan Howard - Signed through 2019 - I’ve made my personal thoughts on Howard clear in our WCG Offseason Roundtables, but even though I’d like to see him stay, my gut tells me the Chicago Bears will look to move him this offseason. However, with only one year left on his contract, that may lower the potential draft pick return. Ultimately it may be best to let him ride out his contract and have him do what he does best for the Bears in 2019 as they try to get to a Super Bowl.Howard played 58% of the snaps on offense (624) in 2018 , which was up slightly from 2017 when his 578 snaps checked in at 58.4%, but his total touches decreased from 299 a year ago to 270 this season. What Howard “lacks” as a pass catcher, he makes up for with being a skilled pass blocker. Howard may not be a perfect fit, but Nagy found a way to utilize him. Tarik Cohen - Signed through 2020 - Cohen is the most dangerous playmaker on the Bears.Teams have to game-plan for him when he’s on the field because he’ll line up all over the offense. Check out this passage from the January 3rd New York Times. Cohen already has several nicknames, but I like that Ric Flair inspired one the best. Head coach Matt Nagy talked about how disappointing it was in their wild card game that they only got Cohen 4 touches on offense. That can’t happen again. For a little perspective, that was the fewest offensive touches he had in a game all season. Among Cohen’s 495 offensive snaps, 175 came from somewhere other than the backfield. No other running back had more that that and I’d expect his versatility to grow even more in 2019. Benny Cunningham - Free agent - Cunningham was a key special teamer, but I don’t think that’s enough to get him another contract for next season. Taquan Mizzell - Signed through 2019 - Mizzell was an explosive athlete in college, but that hasn’t translated during his Bears’ career. His versatility allows him to play running back and split out as a receiver Womens Bryce Callahan Jersey , but I think the Bears would be wise to find an upgrade as their number three running back. Ryan Nall - Signed a reserve/future deal - I was surprised that Nall didn’t change positions last offseason as the 6’2”, 232 pounder is about the same size as tight end Trey Burton, and he played some H-Back in college. He’s also not as quick an athlete for the prototypical tailback in this system, but he is a good receiver out of the backfield. I’m interested to see how he’s used this offseason.Michael Burton - Free agent - The Bears didn’t always have a full back active, it was more on a match-up basis. He only played in 8 games, with 49 snaps on offense and another 50 on special teams. While I’m a proponent of using a fullback, I doubt Burton will be back.2019 OUTLOOK - One way or another the Bears will add a more versatile running back to the roster in 2019. I’d be completely fine with Howard, Cohen and a new number three that will eventually take over if (when) Howard leaves via free agency after next season. While it’s possible they add a scheme fit guy in free agency, don’t expect that guy to be very expensive like Tevin Coleman. General manager Ryan Pace has had some success finding quality backs in the later rounds Josh Bellamy Jersey ,so don’t be surprised to see him spend a pick on day three. Also don’t rule out an undrafted free agent or two coming to camp. I don’t want to say running backs are a dime a dozen, but these days you can find players that will contribute immediately as rookies. We’ll get in-depth on some running back draft prospects here at WCG in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Also, expect the Bears to thoroughly examine the possibility of signing Kareem Hunt whether we like it or not. They may ultimately decline, but when none of the three key members of the origination shoots down the idea of signing him, you can bet they’ll discuss if his talent is worth the potential PR headache. A role player who shined bright."With the 2018 season mercifully in the rearview mirror, we can look back and reminisce as we wait for the NFL season to greet us once again in September.For the few past few weeks I’ve been counting down the five best offensive players of 2018 for the Falcons. This new series will do the same thing, but focus on what was the weaker side of the ball for the Birds this year — the defense.Devastating injuries to start the campaign weren’t overcome, as Atlanta fielded a putrid 28th-ranked defense in the NFL. Still , even throughout the struggles, contributors stuck out from the crowd, and at least gave Atlanta a chance on the defensive end.This will be a weekly countdown of the Falcons’ five best defensive players of 2018, going in order from fifth to first. You can find No. 5 here and No. 4 here.Here is the third-best defensive player for the Atlanta Falcons from this past season3) Jack CrawfordJack Crawford was mostly an afterthought heading into this past season — he was a low key free agent signing in the 2017 offseason, and then missed most of the 2017 campaign due to injury.In 2018, however, Jack Crawford stepped up in Dan Quinn’s defensive line rotation, and he was one of the big-time pleasant surprises of the year.Crawford was second on the team with 7.0 sacks — just one behind Takk McKinley for the team lead. He was also fourth on the team with 22 QB hurries.Crawford tallied 15 run stops in addition to the sacks to showcase a complete package of contributions along the defensive line. The Penn State alum had the second-highest run defense grade among all of Atlanta’s defenders who played at least 400 snaps, according to PFF.Overall tackling seemed to have been the only thing holding Crawford back in 2018 Womens Sherrick McManis Jersey , as his dreadful 29.6 tackling grade was the third-lowest on the team (hello Brooks Reed and Vic Beasley), with seven missed tackles against only 14 total tackles being the reason for such a low mark.The good far outweighed the bad in Crawford’s season, however, as everything other than tackling (and his nine coverage snaps) was completely solid. Crawford’s PFF grade of 71.4 was the third-highest on the defense out of players who played at least 400 snaps.Jack Crawford is looking like a steal at the $3.7 million cap hit he’s registering for the 2019 season, and he’s someone the Falcons should very much consider extending when the time comes. Dan Quinn is a firm believer in a defensive line rotation, and Crawford has proven that he can be a key contributor within said rotation.