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Bears sign Damien Williams: Fantasy football fallout for 2021

On Wednesday, the Bears added running back Damien Williams to a stable already featuring David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen.

Damien Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs (white jacket) celebrates on February 5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri during the city’s celebration parade for the Chiefs victory in Super Bowl LIV. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears reached the playoffs in 2020, but little about their season inspired confidence. The team finished without a winning record for the second consecutive year and the offense sputtered despite the additional competition at quarterback. With so much on the line for the Bears this upcoming season, every move they make requires scrutiny.

David Montgomery signing: Fantasy football impact

In a make-or-break year for Bears head coach Matt Nagy, he has added players with which he or someone on his staff has a connection. That includes running back Damien Williams who spent the two of the past three years — he opted out of the 2020 season — with Nagy’s former team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Williams’ abilities as both a runner and receiver made him a strong fit in the Chiefs offense and Nagy can reasonably expect him to mesh well in Chicago as well.

But Williams doesn’t have an obvious path to a heavy workload that doesn’t involve David Montgomery succumbing to injury. The Bears attempted less than 400 carries as a team last season, and Montgomery handled the vast majority of those going to full- or part-time running backs. Chicago also extended Tarik Cohen last year, leaving fewer opportunities for Williams as a split-out back.