Nall Knows Versatility Key To Making Bears' Roster

"I'm acclimating myself to how fast the game goes," Nall says.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
August 10, 2018 - 12:31 pm
Bears running back Ryan Nall

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(670 The Score) Rookie running back Ryan Nall was one of the Bears' standouts in a 30-27 loss to the Bengals on Thursday evening, rushing nine times for 95 yards and recording one catch for nine yards.

Nall and the team were both encouraged by his performance, and it was a crucial step for him if he wants to make the 53-man roster. Nall is competing with Taquan Mizzell to be the team's fourth running back.

"I'm acclimating myself to the speed and the size and how fast the game goes," Nall said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Friday morning.

"I knew it was going to be fast, and I tried to prepare myself to make it seem like 'these guys are ridiculously fast, I'm not even going to be able to hit the hole. With that mindset, it comes a little bit easier when you get out there and you realize, 'Oh, it's not as fast as I thought it was going to be. It's what I expected.' When I go out there, got to play with confidence, go to be able to play knowing you can be successful."

For a player low on the depth chart like Nall, he knows there's a key path to making the roster: fill any role capably. He was happy to sign with the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State because they were willing to use him as a running back -- whereas other teams wondered if he might switch to tight end or H-back -- but even so, Nall is ready to play special teams, be a blocking back, run the ball or catch the ball.

"In coach (Matt) Nagy's offense, you have to be able to run, catch and block," Nall said. "For me personally, I feel comfortable catching the ball. I caught multiple passes out of the backfield (per game) at Oregon State and was able to produce in that aspect as well. Moving forward with coach Nagy's offense, I feel pretty comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield, whether it's going into open space and running a route or just doing a check-down and making somebody miss and getting a few yards to get a first down or whatever it may be."