Ryan Nall

Ryan Nall

Running Back #35
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 232 lb.
Born:December 27, 1995
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Ryan Nall: Again goes unutilized on offense

Nall garnered one offensive snap, but he did not receive a carry or a target during Sunday's 19-11 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Despite being listed as the No. 2 option on Chicago's RB depth chart, Nall has only been granted a total of 12 offensive snaps through Week 4 of 2020. He remains with one offensive touch on the season, a two-yard reception, as the Bears instead elected to lean on receivers Cordarrelle Patterson (three carries) and Darnell Mooney (one carry) to plug in as rushing options behind starting back David Montgomery during Sunday's loss.

October 6, 2020 3:43 PM EST

Ryan Nall: No offensive reps Week 3

Nall did not garner a rush attempt or target during Sunday's 30-26 win against the Falcons.

Analysis: The 24-year-old back got involved offensively for the first time in 2020 with a two-yard catch Week 2 against the Giants, but Week 3 against Atlanta it was Tarik Cohen (knee-ACL) and Cordarrelle Patterson who were entrusted with carries behind starting RB David Montgomery. Though classified as a receiver, Patterson has actually garnered far more rush attempts (15) than targets (three) this season, but Nall may see a slight uptick in running-game usage himself so long as Chicago does not elect to sign another back.

September 29, 2020 4:06 PM EST

Ryan Nall: Could see a few carries?

Nall is part of a Chicago backfield that may be without David Montgomery (groin) at the beginning of the season, Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Listed at 6-foot-2, 239 pounds, Nall appeared in eight games for the Bears last season, logging 137 snaps on special teams but only eight on offense. It isn't clear if the Bears view him as a serious option for carries or simply a special teams guy, but Nall is at least worth keeping an eye on for deeper fantasy formats, given the lack of impressive alternatives in Chicago. The other options for carries in the event of a Montgomery absence would be Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson and Artavis Pierce, or possibly a late free-agent addition.

August 28, 2020 7:37 AM EST

Ryan Nall: Sees first touches of season

Nall rushed twice for eight yards in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17.

Analysis: In his rookie season, Nall was buried on the depth chart at running back and failed to post any statistics before Week 17. He'll enter the last year of his contract in 2020, but unless he makes a move up the depth chart, it's unlikely he'll go into fantasy draft season with much value.

December 29, 2019 3:01 PM EST

Ryan Nall: Plays exclusively on special teams

Nall played 20 snaps on special teams during Sunday's 19-14 win over the Giants, but he did not handle any offensive snaps.

Analysis: Nall has been a regular contributor on special teams since being promoted to the Chicago's active roster Nov. 9, but he has yet to handle an offensive carry. His only three snaps on offense came Week 11 against the Rams. As long as David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen both remain healthy, the 23-year-old power back stands to remain relegated to a depth role.

November 27, 2019 9:41 AM EST

Ryan Nall: May fill in for banged-up Montgomery

Nall could have a role in Chicago's game plan Sunday against the Rams in the event David Montgomery (ankle) is unable to play, Nathan Smith of the Bears' official site reports. "Developmentally, he's done a great job," coach Matt Nagy said of Nall. "He came in last year and was a little bit raw, but he picked up the system very quick...we feel absolutely comfortable with him."

Analysis: Montgomery rolled his ankle in practice earlier this week and only managed limited participation in Friday's session, prompting Nagy to label him as a game-time decision leading up to Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. The injury to Montgomery is especially untimely after Chicago waived Mike Davis last weekend, leaving Tarik Cohen as the only experienced healthy running back on the roster. Considering the 5-foot-6, 191-pound Cohen is more ideally suited as a gadget player or pass-catching specialist, however, the 6-foot-2, 232-pound Nall looks like a better candidate to absorb a good portion of Montgomery's workload on the ground, if the rookie is inactive. Nall played exclusively on special teams in his NFL debut in Week 10, but he averaged 6.4 yards per carry across 56 totes over the past two preseasons.

November 15, 2019 2:53 PM EST

Ryan Nall: Let go by Chicago

Nall was waived by the Bears on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Nall was projected to make the roster as the team's fourth back, but obviously failed to do so. The Oregon State product will head elsewhere, hoping to latch onto a practice squad or another 53-man roster.

August 31, 2019 9:09 AM EST

Ryan Nall: Contained by Titans

Nall carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards in the team's preseason finale against the Titans on Thursday. He also added one reception for two yards.

Analysis: Nall worked as the starting running back but struggled to find consistent lanes. His longest rush went for 10 yards, but he had only two other rushes that went for four or more yards. Currently projected to make the roster as the team's fourth back, Nall could be challenged by Josh Caldwell who was effective as both a runner and receiver Thursday.

August 29, 2019 9:11 PM EST

Ryan Nall: Breaks off long run

Nall rushed twice for 73 yards and caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Saturday's 27-17 preseason win over the Colts.

Analysis: Most of Nall's yardage came courtesy of a second-quarter 69-yard burst on a 1st-and-30 play. The 23-year-old out of Oregon State established himself as the frontrunner for Chicago's No.4 running back spot.

August 24, 2019 8:17 PM EST

Ryan Nall: 12 touches in loss

Nall rushed seven times for 23 yards while adding four receptions for 21 yards in the Bears' 32-13 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Despite seeing the most work of of Chicago's backup running backs for the second week in a row, Nall only posted four yards per touch. With the top-three spots on the depth chart spoken for, he'll continue to battle for the No. 4 spot with Taquan Missell and Kerrith Whyte.

August 19, 2019 4:41 AM EST

Ryan Nall: 29 total yards in loss

Nall rushed five times for eight yards while adding four receptions for 21 yards in the Bears' 23-13 loss to Carolina.

Analysis: Despite seeing nine touches against the Panthers' backup defenders, Nall was unable to generate 2.5 yards per touch. After spending the 2018 season on Chicago's practice squad, he's currently No. 4 on the depth chart at running back, and he'll continue to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster.

August 9, 2019 8:27 AM EST

Ryan Nall: Back with Chicago

The Bears signed Nall to a reserve/future contract Tuesday.

Analysis: Nall was unable to make Chicago's 53-man roster out of training camp and spent the 2018 season on the practice squad. The rookie running back will fight for a depth spot in 2019.

January 8, 2019 6:04 PM EST

Ryan Nall: Cut by Chicago

Nall was waived by the Bears on Saturday, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Nall was immersed in the competition for a roster spot in the Bears' backfield, but the team elected to roll with Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham and fullback Michael Burton on their 53-man roster. Nall cleared waivers and will join Chicago's practice squad.

September 2, 2018 9:08 PM EST

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