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Chicago Bears undrafted free agent spotlight: Artavis Pierce

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By Joseph Herff June 29, 2020 0 Comment

The Chicago Bears look to add depth to their roster through undrafted free agents after the draft ends. Here’s a look at one of the running backs they added, Artavis Pierce.

After last week’s review of the wide receiver the Chicago Bears brought in, Ahmad Wagner, this will now be a review of the next undrafted free agent the Bears brought in, Artavis Pierce. Undrafted players most likely will not have an impact on the roster immediately, but they can help shape the position for the future. The NFL just witnessed Raheem Mostert electrify the San Francisco 49ers run game even though he too was an undrafted player. Artavis Pierce has the opportunity to play with the Bears and solidify a role.

Artavis Pierce

This running back could be the best undrafted free agent the Bears acquired this off-season. Artavis Pierce possesses the ability to play any role at the running back position. When you watch his tape, you see a good-sized running back with incredible explosion. Additionally, he can catch passes out of the backfield.

While at Oregon State, Pierce played alongside fellow Bear Ryan Nall. He split time but always impressed whenever he touched the ball. He finished his career at Oregon State with 366 attempts for 2,127 yards (5.8 average) and 15 rushing touchdowns. Additionally, he caught 74 passes for 578 yards and 17 receiving touchdowns.

Strengths

As stated previously, one of his biggest strengths is his versatility. This is perfect being the third running back option for the Bears, which he is competing for. Since he is versatile, he has the size to take over a full workload if David Montgomery were to go down to an injury. Additionally, he has the receiving ability to take over the Tarik Cohen receiving role if he were to go down as well.

On top of his versatility, he also has versatility in terms of how he can run the ball. He not only can beat you with his blazing speed (4.47 40 yard dash) but also with his size (5′ 10″, 210 pounds). Due to his size, strength, and versatility, Beavers Edge put a great comp to him as Austin Ekeler, current Los Angeles Chargers starting running back.

Finally, no one really talks about his ability to explode through a hole and accelerate through them. Like I said above, when you turn on the tape, you see him use his great vision, find an opening and explode through it like dynamite. Here’s a highlight tape made of him if you’re interested in seeing him.

Team Projection

Pierce has a tough road ahead fighting for the third running back spot on the Bears’ roster. He currently has to beat out his former teammate in Nall and fellow undrafted free agent Napoleon Maxwell. Nall got activated last season with the Bears, so he already has familiarity with the system.

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