PFF: Ryan Nall, Doran Grant were Bears top performers vs. Bills

Lorin Cox
NBC Sports Chicago

The Bears players on the roster bubble had one more chance to impress Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy on Thursday night. A few players took full advantage of their last opportunities against the Buffalo Bills.

 

Running back Ryan Nall and cornerback Doran Grant were the Bears' highest-graded players in the final week of the preseason, according to Pro Football Focus, and they were both named to PFF's Team of the Week.

 

 

Nall took his five carries for 79 yards, and PFF credited him with three avoided tackles and 77 yards coming after contact from a defender. His 223 rushing yards over five games was the second-most by any running back this preseason.

 

Grant was targeted six times in coverage and allowed three catches for only 20 yards. The longest play he allowed was an eight-yard reception by Zay Jones, and he recorded a pass breakup on top of his pick-six.

 

He finished as PFF's fifth highest-graded player at his position, allowing the lowest passer rating of any cornerback when targeted this preseason.

 

Both players are pushing for a roster spot as cut down deadline approaches. Nall has made a strong case for the Bears to keep a fourth running back on their 53-man squad, but he is eligible to be stashed on the practice squad.

 

Grant offers more experience to the secondary, but he's stuck on a crowded cornerback depth chart that may have six veterans still ahead of him. Both have given Pace every reason to keep them around, but even that may not be enough. They'll know their fate by Saturday at 3 p.m.

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