Artavis Pierce

Artavis Pierce

Running Back #46
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 208 lb.
College:Oregon State
Age:24
Born:May 17, 1996
Drafted:2020 / UDFA

Artavis Pierce: Receives one touch

Pierce lost one yard on his only rushing attempt in Chicago's 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Pierce appeared in just four games this season, rushing six times for 34 yards and a touchdown, and after the Bears complete their playoff run, he'll return in 2021 for the last year of his contract, and he'll likely be fighting for a roster spot as a depth option in the backfield.

January 3, 2021 6:16 PM EST

Artavis Pierce: Scores first NFL touchdown

Pierce rushed twice for 26 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Pierce has just five carries over the four games he's played this season, and it's unlikely he'll have enough of a role in the offense to be a fantasy factor in Week 17 against the Packers.

December 27, 2020 2:43 PM EST

Artavis Pierce: Healthy scratch against Lions

Pierce (coach's decision) is inactive for the Bears' Week 13 matchup against Detroit.

Analysis: Chicago's running back depth has been thin behind starter back David Montgomery ever since Tarik Cohen suffered a torn ACL on Sept. 27. Long-time receiver and special-teams guru Cordarrelle Patterson has been serving as the No. 2 option at the position, while Pierce remains with just three total carries on the 2020 campaign.

December 6, 2020 9:14 AM EST

Artavis Pierce: Minor role in loss

Pierce had three carries for nine yards in Chicago's 19-13 loss to Minnesota on Monday.

Analysis: With David Montgomery sitting this game out with a concussion, Pierce was second on the Bears in rushing attempts behind Cordarrelle Patterson. If Montgomery is forced to miss another game after Chicago's Week 11 bye, it's unlikely he sees enough volume to provide much upside for fantasy managers.

November 16, 2020 8:43 PM EST

Artavis Pierce: Healthy scratch against Colts

Pierce (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old back out of Oregon State was called up to Chicago's 53-man roster Tuesday, though the Bears have elected to roll with David Montgomery and Ryan Nall as the team's only active running backs heading into Sunday. Cordarrelle Patterson may continue to get some run, as he already has 15 rush attempts through three games, but Pierce remains in search of his first NFL carry.

October 4, 2020 12:26 PM EST

Artavis Pierce: Promoted to Chicago's roster

Pierce was promoted from Chicago's practice squad to the 53-man roster Tuesday, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: Pierce will have a chance to mix in behind David Montgomery at the running back position with Tarik Cohen done for the season with a torn ACL. The only other running back on the team is special teams contributor Ryan Nall, though Cordarrelle Patterson also has some experience at the position.

September 29, 2020 1:37 PM EST

Artavis Pierce: Lands on practice squad

Pierce cleared waivers Sunday and signed with the Bears' practice squad, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: With David Montgomery (hamstring) uncertain for Week 1, Pierce lost the battle to Ryan Nall to round out the running-back room If Montgomery is unable to play in the season opener, however, Pierce could be activated to serve as depth against the Lions.

September 6, 2020 2:43 PM EST

Artavis Pierce: Unable to make final team

The Bears waived Pierce on Saturday, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: Pierce briefly appeared to be in the mix for a backfield gig while David Montgomery (groin) worked his way back to full health, but he'll now be subjected to waivers. Tarik Cohen, Ryan Nall and Cordarrelle Patterson remain Chicago's top running backs behind Montgomery.

September 5, 2020 1:09 PM EST

Artavis Pierce: Could be early down backup

Should David Montgomery (groin) be forced to miss time, Pierce could be a candidate to handle work on early downs, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: With Tarik Cohen being a receiving specialist, Cordarrelle Patterson preferring to run outside the tackles and Ryan Nall only seeing two carries last year, Pierce appears to be the most traditional running back among Montgomery's backups. Earlier this month, running backs coach Charles London stated that Pierce was very explosive and getting better each day. In terms of fantasy value, it will depend whether Montgomery misses time, and if that happens, Pierce could provide flex-level value.

August 28, 2020 7:31 AM EST

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