Ryan Nall

Chicago Bears
Running Back #35
Chicago Bears
Running Back #35

Ryan Nall News

Retained by Chicago

The Bears re-signed Nall on Wednesday.

Analysis: Nall entered the offseason as an exclusive-rights free agent, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise to see him sticking with the Bears. He mostly saw action on special teams in 2020, only logging three carries across 16 regular-season games.

Mar 3, 2021 11:53 AM EST


Sees limited work in 2020

Nall did not receive an offensive touch in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Nall was mostly used on special teams, though he did rush eight times for 67 yards and a touchdown on the season. After the Bears conclude their playoff run, he'll become an exclusive-rights free agent, and even if the team retains him, he'll have an uphill climb to become a consistent fantasy option.

Jan 3, 2021 8:03 PM EST



Receives two carries in win

Nall rushed twice for zero yards in the Bears' 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Nall entered the game after the outcome had already been determined, and with just three carries on the season, it's unlikely he sees enough of a role in Week 17 to be a fantasy factor against the Packers.

Dec 27, 2020 2:44 PM EST


Receives no offensive looks

Nall did not garner a rush attempt or a target over two offensive snaps, also fielding 17 special-teams snaps during Sunday's 33-27 win against the Vikings.

Analysis: The Oregon State product got involved with seven receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown Weeks 8 through 12, but he hasn't gained any traction as a rusher all season. Nall has just one carry to his name in 2020. Meanwhile, David Montgomery continues to dominate the RB workload for Chicago, gaining 162 scrimmage yards with two touchdowns on 33 touches during Week 15.

Dec 22, 2020 4:58 PM EST


Targeted once in defeat

Nall caught one pass for 10 yards in the Bears' 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Nall was a non-factor in the game until entering late in the fourth quarter, when he caught his only target. Unless he gains more prominent role in the offense, his fantasy value will remain minimal.

Nov 29, 2020 8:48 PM EST



Lightly used in loss

Nall caught one pass for 18 yards in the Bears' 19-13 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: Even with David Montgomery missing this game with a concussion, Nall saw just a single rushing attempt and two targets while catching a screen pass on the last drive of the game. Unless his role in the offense changes drastically, he'll have very little fantasy value.

Nov 16, 2020 8:46 PM EST


Scores first career touchdown

Nall caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' 24-17 loss to the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: After David Montgomery left the game with a head injury and Chicago trailing on the scoreboard, Nall functioned as the hurry-up receiving back, and with Tennessee dropping their coverage to prevent deep passes, Nall took advantage of the open space by piling up yardage after the catch. Should Montgomery miss time, Nall could continue to see backfield work, and any time a running back is in line to see work, he has clear fantasy value and is worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues for those with depth issues.

Nov 8, 2020 2:31 PM EST


Snags second pass of season

Nall registered a two-yard catch and a 17-yard kick return during Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Nall has been scarcely utilized in the Bears' offensive attack, thus far experiencing similar usage to last season when he recorded eight rushing yards on a pair of carries over eight appearances. The Oregon State product so far has garnered two touches in eight games played this year, with David Montgomery continuing to dominate the RB workload for Chicago as Tarik Cohen recovers from a torn ACL.

Nov 3, 2020 5:40 PM EST


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.

Oct 6, 2020 3:43 PM EST


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.

Sep 29, 2020 4:06 PM EST


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.

Aug 28, 2020 7:37 AM EST


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.

Dec 29, 2019 3:01 PM EST


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.

Nov 27, 2019 9:41 AM EST


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.

Nov 15, 2019 2:53 PM EST


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.

Aug 31, 2019 9:09 AM EST


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.

Aug 29, 2019 9:11 PM EST


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.

Aug 24, 2019 8:17 PM EST


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.

Aug 19, 2019 4:41 AM EST


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.

Aug 9, 2019 8:27 AM EST


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.

Jan 8, 2019 6:04 PM EST


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