Mizzell has switched from running back to receiver during the Bears' offseason program, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.
Mizzell saw most of his playing time on special teams in 2018, which included a role on kickoff returns. It's not clear if his position change is due to a lack of perceived upside at running back or if coach Matt Nagy just wants to give Mizzell a more realistic chance of making the roster at a less crowded position. In any case, Mizzell's hopes of cracking the roster will continue to hinge on his performance on the Bears' special-teams units.
Mizzell didn't see work in the Bears' Week 17 victory, and he ended the season with nine carries for 16 yards while adding eight receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Mizzell saw his most work of 2018 when Chase Daniel stepped in for an injured Mitchell Trubisky for two weeks, but otherwise, Mizzell was Chicago's clear third-string running back. He'll be going into the last year of his contract in 2019 and will likely continue to work behind Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen in the Bears' backfield.
Mizzell had one carry for one yard in Chicago's 15-6 victory over the Rams on Sunday.
After seeing increased work in the two games that Chase Daniel was at quarterback, Mizzell went back to seeing exactly one carry and zero targets, which has been the amount of work he's logged in each of the four games he's played with Mitch Trubisky under center. It'll be tough to expect significant production from Mizzell during the fantasy playoffs.
Mizzell rushed three times for seven yards while adding a pair of receptions for an additional 16 yards in Chicago's overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Mizzell functioned as the clear No. 3 in Chicago's backfield, and his five touches represented a season high. Although he's not getting enough work to be a consistent fantasy option, he'd likely be thrust into a prominent role should Jordan Howard or Tarik Cohen suffer an injury.
Mizzell caught two passes for 21 yards and a touchdown while adding seven yards on his lone rushing attempt in the Bears' victory over the Lions.
Mizzell scored his touchdown when he drew single coverage and easily got open behind his defender for an 11-yard score. In his four games since being signed from the practice squad, he's touched the football six times, and he seems to have emerged as Chicago's No. 3 running back. However, he won't likely see enough usage to become a fantasy factor unless the Bears suffer an injury at running back.
Mizzell signed a contract with the Bears on Saturday.
Mizzell was with the Bears for three games as a rookie last season and has been on the team's practice squad since getting waived at roster cutdowns in September. The 25-year-old should serve a special teams role with the rest of the Bears' running back group currently in good health.
Mizzell was waived by the Bears on Saturday, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.
Mizzell appeared in three games with the Bears as a rookie in 2017, but he'll be a member of Chicago's practice squad to begin the 2018 regular season.
Mizzell rushed 12 times for 27 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 30-27 loss to the Bengals.
With Chicago resting its top three running backs, Mizzell drew the start but failed to reach 2.5 yards per carry. Despite the unimpressive performance, he appears to be a lock to stick with the team as its fourth running back, meaning significant fantasy value is unlikely unless the team suffers injuries at the position.
Mizzell had five carries for 15 yards in Thursday's loss to the Ravens.
In a game that the Bears started their backups, Mizzell came into the contest after Bennie Cunningham served as the starter. Based on his usage, it seems clear that he'll be fourth on the team's depth chart at running back, and although he'll have a chance to make the 53-man roster, he may need an injury at the position to have any type of significant role in the offense. The second-year running back had a similar role last year when he was on the active roster for four games, though he didn't see a single snap.
Mizzell was on the active roster for four games in 2017, but he didn't see a single snap.
Mizzell slotted as the fourth-string running back and the Bears stayed relatively healthy at the position all season, so he was never pressed into action. He's signed for two more seasons, but with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen serving as the top options in the backfield, he'll likely need an injury in order to see significant playing time. Should he find his way into the mix next in 2018, his best chance for fantasy production would likely be through the air, as he averaged 63 receptions over his last two collegiate campaigns.
Mizzell (coach's decision) is inactive for the Bears' Week 1 matchup Sunday with the Falcons, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Mizzell's inactive status confirms that he's fourth in the pecking order at running back, with all of Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and Benny Cunningham ahead of him on the depth chart. It will probably take an injury for Mizzell to be active at any point this season, and multiple injuries in order for him to log meaningful snaps on offense.
Mizzell had 10 carries for 38 yards along with a pair of receptions totaling 24 yards in Thursday's win over the Dolphins.
16 of Mizzell's 38 yards came on one run, meaning that his other nine carries only went for a total of 22 yards. Still, the fact that Mizzell got double digit carries for a second consecutive week shows that the Ravens are intent on seeing what they have in the rookie out of Virginia. Mizzell also showed his ability as a pass catcher by nabbing both of his targets for 24 yards. Pass catching was Mizzell's calling card at UVA, where he caught 127 passes over his final two seasons. Mizzell remains a long shot to make the final roster, but he's making a better case than the likes of Lorenzo Taliaferro through two preseason games.
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