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Chalk Talk: Will Herbert get more touches?

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.

I know that David Montgomery is a very good running back, but I thought that Khalil Herbert did a great job replacing Montgomery when he was injured. Do you see a way that the Bears can give Herbert more touches now that Montgomery is healthy?
Ray W.
Wisconsin

That's not as easy as it sounds, especially with an offense that isn't marching up and down the field. The Bears rank 30th in the NFL in third-down efficiency, which means they generally aren't putting together long drives. That, of course, limits the opportunities for touches. Here's what coach Matt Nagy said this week about getting Khalil Herbert more carries now that David Montgomery is back: "Sometimes it's hard, depending on what the play calls are and when they are. And you also like getting guys in a little bit of a rhythm. To get guys into a rhythm, you need to be able to get first downs, you need to be able to have some explosive [plays], via run or pass, and then [running backs] coach [Michael] Pitre can do a good job of being able to substitute and get Khalil in for a few more. But there is a balance. The good thing is both those guys, we feel really good about, and we understand that when Khalil's out there, he's a great player, and obviously David being the leader of our offense is important. I think it's more so about the flow of the game and, trust me, we want to try to do everything we can to get both those guys touches."

With Teven Jenkins expected back, do you think the Bears will split time with Larry Borom at right tackle?
Evan B.
Melrose Park, Illinois

It didn't sound like that's what Matt Nagy planned to do when the Bears coach was asked about a rotation at right tackle involving Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom. Said Nagy: "I think, probably in the middle of the season, it would be difficult. I don't know if that's necessarily fair to those players. That's just from the discussions that we've all had and talked about. If you're early on in the season or say it's preseason or training camp, you can kind of get away with that … [But] you've got to be a little bit careful with that [at this point in the season]." Another factor I think, too, is that the Bears have been impressed with how Borom has played while starting the last four games and want to see him continue to develop in that role.

When was the last time the Bears beat a quarterback that was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft?
Paul K.
Elgin, Illinois

Funny you should ask, Paul, because three of the Bears' four wins this season have come against quarterbacks who were selected with the top pick in the draft: They beat the Bengals' Joe Burrow (first pick in 2020 draft) Sept. 19 and defeated the Lions' Jared Goff (2016) Oct. 3 and again Nov. 25. Here's hoping the Bears can accomplish that feat for a fourth time this year Sunday when they host 2019 top pick Kyler Murray and the Cardinals at Soldier Field.

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