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Chalk Talk: Who will be Bears' nickel back?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Who is going to be the Bears' nickel back this season?
Phil W.
California

The Bears have not yet declared a winner in what's been a tightly-contested battle for the nickel back position between Duke Shelley and Marqui Christian. It appeared that Shelley had won the job Tuesday when Christian was released. But Christian was re-signed to the 53-man roster Wednesday. General manager Ryan Pace discussed the competition Wednesday, indicating that the two players boast different skill sets and both could see action on defense. Said Pace: "Duke is scrappy, tough, instinctive; Marqui is athletic and versatile. He can play safety, too. So, they're kind of different flavors and maybe there's scenarios where we can use [both] of them. It's been a good competition. It's made them both better. The good thing about [it is] our defensive coordinator (Sean Desai) will put those guys in advantageous positions."

Did any undrafted rookies make the Bears' 53-man roster?
Ron G.
Des Moines, Iowa

Yes, the only undrafted rookie who earned a spot on the Bears' 53-man roster was linebacker Caleb Johnson. When he signed in May, Johnson became the first player in the seven-year history of the Houston Baptist football program to join an NFL team. The 6-2, 220-pounder was named Southland Conference co-defensive player of the year last season after recording 49 tackles while playing in just four games.

Without Tarik Cohen for at least the first six games this season, how confident are you in the depth the Bears have at running back?
Pete F.
Indiana

I'm very confident in the talent and depth the Bears have at running back with ascending starter David Montgomery, versatile backup Damien Williams and promising rookie Khalil Herbert. And I know that the Bears feel the same way. As a matter of fact, general manager Ryan Pace praised the running backs Wednesday, saying: "From Montgomery to Damien Williams to Khalil Herbert, to the guys we put on our practice squad (Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce), we think that room is the strength of our team."

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