The Chicago Bears have a new running back, though he’s just on the practice squad. They recently signed David Cobb.
Cobb came into the NFL in the 2015 Draft. He was picked by the Tennessee Titans. In August of this year, though, the team cut him. They have moved forward with DeMarco Murray as their main back, and they also drafted RB Derrick Henry, who won the Heisman when he was at Alabama.
This was more than just a cut because there were too many backs, though. The Titans hadn’t really been happy with his rookie year. He played in seven games and even got one start, but he put up just 146 yards and one touchdown. He got 52 carries, meaning that his average was just 2.8 yards per carry. The Titans had seen enough of that after one season, and they decided to move forward with a completely revamped running back group.
After he was cut, Cobb did sign on briefly with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was with their practice squad until earlier this month.
For the Bears, though, Cobb is a young player who they hope just needed a chance in a different city. He was good in his final two years of college, running for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 and then running for 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. He played at Minnesota, which is not exactly a powerhouse program, but he looked good and averaged over five yards per carry. The Bears hope he can get back to that level of play.