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NFL.com picks rookie RB Roschon Johnson as starter for Bears


by - Senior Editor -

The NFL is no stranger to surprising rookie standouts who make an immediate impact on the field.

In an unexpected twist, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal has projected rookie running back Roschon Johnson as the starting running back for the Chicago Bears in Week 1 of the 2023 season.

The Bears selected Roschon Johnson in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL draft, showcasing the team's belief in his talent and potential impact.

Although Johnson is expected to begin the season as the third running back on the depth chart, there is growing speculation that he could develop into the Bears' long-term starter.

Despite being behind Khalil Herbert and D'Onta Foreman initially, Johnson's selection by the Bears suggests they see something special in his skill set.

As a rookie, he will have the opportunity to learn and develop under the guidance of his more experienced teammates.

Regardless of who ultimately earns the starting role, the Chicago Bears are widely expected to employ a committee approach in their backfield.

"I would say the vision isn't set yet. I think the competition in that room is going to be real," said offensive coordinator Luke Getsy recently. "I don't know if there's a team that can rely on one guy anymore with the pounding and length of the season."

This healthy competition can elevate the performance of all the running backs involved and push them to reach their full potential.

Whether he secures the starting role or contributes as part of a running back committee, Johnson's rookie campaign is set to be an exciting journey as he strives to make his mark on the NFL stage.

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