On the podium at the 2024 NFL Combine, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said he "loves where Roschon Johnson is in his development." This was in response to a question about Johnson's potential prospects of being the team's lead back in 2024. The former Texas Longhorn rushed 81 times for 352 yards and two touchdowns and caught 34 passes for 209 yards in his rookie season after being selected in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. 25-year-old ball-carrier Khalil Herbert remains on the roster, while veteran D'Onta Foreman is a free agent. While Eberflus' comments are a good sign, it's far too early to project Johnson's potential workload. With a strong free agent and underrated rookie running back class available this offseason, the organization could easily add to its running back room.
Feb 27, 2024 4:26 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson wrapped up his rookie season in limited fashion, rushing five times for 20 yards in the team's 17-9 loss to the Packers in Week 18. The 2023 fourth-round pick ended his first season with 332 rushing yards on over four yards per attempt along with 209 receiving yards. Despite having to fight for opportunities with veterans Khalil Herbert and D'Onta Foreman, Johnson showed what he can do in the passing game this year and looks to be a weapon for this team to utilize going forward. While he never gained a consistent enough role to be valuable to fantasy managers, Johnson should have more opportunity next year if the team doesn't make a big move for a running back. Like most rookie running backs, he was never completely unleashed and will look to take a step forward in a bigger role in 2024.
Jan 7, 2024 10:42 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson has faced challenges in a crowded backfield, seeing 10 or more touches in a game only five times this season. Recently, his role has expanded with D'Onta Foreman missing the last two games. Johnson, primarily a receiving back this year, has demonstrated consistency with at least three catches in each of the last three games and four of the last six. With Khalil Herbert nursing a back injury and limited in practice, Johnson could assume the lead role if both Herbert and Foreman are sidelined in Week 18. Facing the Green Bay Packers, who concede the 12th-most points per game to running backs and rank 26th in DVOA against the run, Johnson emerges as a solid RB2 option in the absence of his counterparts and a viable low-end RB3 if they are available.
Jan 5, 2024 1:36 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson found the end zone for the first time since Week 1 in the team's 37-17 victory over the Falcons in Week 17. The rookie contributed seven rushes for 21 yards and a touchdown, along with catching all three targets for 38 yards. With D'Onta Foreman (coach's decision) sidelined, Khalil Herbert once again assumed the primary rushing role for the Bears. Johnson's overall role remained relatively consistent, still receiving a few carries while demonstrating effectiveness in the passing game. His 14 PPR points marked the highest since Week 1, showcasing his potential with a consistent workload. If Foreman continues to be unavailable, Johnson may gain appeal in PPR formats. The Bears face the Packers in Week 18, who allow the 12th-most points per game to running backs this season.
Dec 31, 2023 5:12 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson has seen snap shares exceeding 50% only once this season, predominantly operating as a receiving back. While his involvement in the passing game boosts his appeal in PPR formats, early-down and goal-line situations often favor Khalil Herbert and D'Onta Foreman. Without a consistent stream of touchdown opportunities, the rookie heavily depends on receiving work to deliver for fantasy managers. Guided by Justin Fields, the Bears have embraced a run-heavy strategy, complicating Johnson's fantasy outlook. In Week 17, facing the Falcons, who allow the second-fewest points per game to running backs, and with Foreman's return, the backfield becomes crowded, diminishing Johnson's appeal as a fantasy option. The risk associated with Johnson's uncertain role and the formidable matchup advises caution for fantasy managers in Week 17.
Dec 29, 2023 1:41 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson operated as the clear number two behind Khalil Herbert in Week 16, with D'Onta Foreman out due to personal reasons. The rookie rushed nine times for 37 yards and caught all three targets for 16 yards in the team's 27-16 win over the Cardinals. The Bears leaned on the rushing attack heavily after jumping out to an early lead, but Herbert was the main beneficiary, seeing 21 touches to Johnson's 12. Despite Johnson getting more passing work, the Bears are too run-heavy to consistently provide good receiving volume for their backs. Heading into Week 17 against the Falcons, who allow the second-fewest points per game to running backs this year, Johnson's fantasy value remains limited. Even if Foreman stays out, Johnson doesn't hold much value this season, buried in a deep running back room.
Dec 25, 2023 11:16 AM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson emerged as the primary backfield contributor in Week 15, registering nine total touches for 60 yards. The Bears' offense struggled to find consistency against the formidable Browns defense, but the rookie showcased the most success in this contest. While Johnson has assumed a larger role in two of the last three weeks, leading the backfield, he only carried the ball once for six yards in Week 14. With D'Onta Foreman and Khalil Herbert healthy, the Bears typically employ a committee approach, relying on the hot hand. Encouragingly for Johnson, he is likely to handle the majority of receiving duties, resulting in favorable PPR outputs. Facing the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16, who allow the most points per game to running backs this season, Johnson, with eight or more touches, could deliver a solid performance in this favorable matchup.
Dec 22, 2023 1:34 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson saw a season-low in usage during Week 14 with just one touch, but he emerged as the leader in the healthy Bears' backfield in Week 15. The rookie rushed five times for 36 yards and caught four of six targets for 24 yards in the team's 20-17 loss to the Browns. It was a challenging day overall for the Bears' offense, held to just 236 yards in Cleveland against the stingy Browns' defense. The Bears ran the ball 27 times, and Johnson led the running back room in touches and had only one less attempt than D'Onta Foreman and Khalil Herbert. The 22-year-old proved to be the most effective Bears running back in Week 15, with Foreman finishing with negative six yards and Herbert totaling 12 yards. In Week 16, the Bears face the Cardinals, who allow the second-most points per game to running backs this season. Following a disappointing performance from the veterans, Johnson could continue to lead the backfield in touches moving forward.
Dec 17, 2023 9:57 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson saw just one touch in Week 14 for six yards, marking the fewest opportunities he's had in a game this season. The rookie running back appeared to earn a larger role in the absence of D'Onta Foreman in Week 12, accumulating 15 touches for 75 total yards. However, with Foreman's return, Johnson's role diminished, playing just 28% of the snaps. While he may retain value as a pass catcher, Foreman is the preferred rusher, and Johnson is unlikely to see many touches in the red zone. Without significant receiving volume or explosive plays, Johnson faces challenges in fantasy production. The Bears face the Browns in Week 15, who allow the 19th-most points per game to running backs. Until Johnson experiences a consistent uptick in usage, he doesn't warrant a spot in fantasy lineups.
Dec 15, 2023 1:21 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson had a minimal impact in Week 14, carrying the ball only once for six yards in the team's 28-13 victory over the Lions. The return of D'Onta Foreman diminished the rookie's role, despite Johnson averaging 10 touches per game over the previous three weeks. Before the bye week, he managed 15 touches for 75 yards without Foreman. However, in Week 14, Johnson found himself behind both Foreman and Khalil Herbert. The concerning aspect lies in how the Bears distributed carries to other backs in crucial moments of the game. While rookies often see increased opportunities post-bye week, the crowded running back room in Chicago may limit Johnson's involvement throughout the season. Facing the Browns in Week 15, a team allowing the 19th-most points per game to running backs this year, Johnson remains a stash for now until he secures a more consistent role.
Dec 10, 2023 10:22 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson has struggled to find a consistent role in 2023, but he's coming off season-high usage in their last game in Week 12. The rookie rushed 10 times for 35 yards and caught all five targets for 40 yards, playing on 74% of the snaps. Before Week 12, Johnson had never played more than 45% of the snaps and saw a drastic increase with D'Onta Foreman (ankle) out. Rookies typically receive larger roles following the bye, and Johnson could maintain a similar workload for the rest of the season. Foreman isn't on the injury report ahead of Week 14, set to return, and Khalil Herbert is likely to get touches. The Bears face the Lions in Week 14, who allow the fourth-fewest points per game to running backs this season. While Johnson may not see much work near the goal line, his receiving usage makes him an intriguing but risky option for Week 14.
Dec 8, 2023 1:15 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson saw the most usage of his young career in the team's 12-10 win over the Vikings in Week 12. The rookie running back finished with a career-most 10 carries for 35 yards while also catching all five targets for 40 yards. This marked the most opportunities Johnson saw in a game all year and the first time he's seen 10 touches since Week 3. The 22-year-old was the clear leader in the backfield in Week 12, playing 51 snaps to Khalil Herbert's 15. With D'Onta Foreman (ankle) out, Johnson was expected to see some work alongside Herbert but ended up leading the backfield entirely. The Bears have a bye week in Week 13 and face the Lions in Week 14, who allow the third-fewest points per game to running backs.
Nov 28, 2023 10:06 AM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson has encountered inconsistent opportunities throughout the season, a trend that continued in Week 11. Despite teammate D'Onta Foreman exiting with an ankle injury, Johnson remained behind Khalil Herbert, finishing the game with six carries for 30 yards. Although he showcased efficiency with an average of five yards per attempt, the rookie has only exceeded 10 touches in two games this year. As Foreman carries a questionable status into Week 12, there's potential for increased opportunities for Johnson, solidifying his role as the clear number two in the backfield if Foreman is sidelined. The upcoming matchup against the Vikings, who allow the 11th-fewest points per game to running backs this season, poses a challenge. However, if Foreman misses the game, Johnson could find an opportunity to become more involved.
Nov 25, 2023 6:20 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson did the most with his touches in the team's Week 11 loss to the Lions, carrying the ball six times for a solid 30 yards. With Khalil Herbert returning from an ankle injury and D'Onta Foreman exiting the game due to an ankle injury, Johnson seized the opportunity, showcasing his effectiveness with an impressive five yards per carry in a limited sample size. If Foreman is sidelined, Johnson's role is poised to expand, serving as the secondary rusher and the primary option in passing situations. Looking ahead to Week 12, the Bears are set to face the Vikings, a team that ranks 20th in points allowed per game to running backs this season. If Foreman misses time, Johnson could have a genuine chance to solidify his position in the team's backfield, making him an intriguing prospect for fantasy managers seeking backfield depth.
Nov 19, 2023 7:53 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson showed plenty of flashes in Week 1 with a rushing touchdown and six catches, but he failed to take control of the Bears' backfield despite a multitude of injuries. With Khalil Herbert (ankle) likely to be activated off IR this week, all of Johnson's value will come as a pass-catcher. Veteran D'Onta Foreman (ankle) currently has a questionable tag for Week 11, and he would likely split the ground work with Herbert if he's activated. The rookie Johnson did catch four passes in their Week 10 game against the Panthers, but it looks like all his value going forward will come through the air. Johnson is a solid stash in dynasty formats but doesn't need to be rostered at the moment in redraft.
Nov 17, 2023 12:53 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson saw his most involvement in the passing game since Week 1, finishing with four catches on six targets but went for just 14 yards. On the ground, the rookie running back rushed five times for 18 yards. He logged 42% of the snaps, marking his second-highest participation rate of the season. With Khalil Herbert (ankle) out, D'Onta Foreman has taken over most of the rushing opportunities. Herbert was a full participant in practice all week and should have a good chance to return in Week 11 after a long layoff. Johnson's role becomes even more limited with Herbert back, as the Bears will likely try to keep Foreman involved in some way. Johnson looks to be at best the pass-catching option in the backfield, and he will need to continue to see around five targets in games to hold any value. The Bears take on the Lions in Week 11, who allow the second-fewest PPR points per game to running backs this year. Johnson remains just a stash until he gains a consistent role.
Nov 10, 2023 11:14 AM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson has a very uncertain role in Week 10, as he played only 29% of the snaps in Week 9. The rookie running back has yet to exceed 45% of snaps in a game and was out carried by Foreman 20 to 2 in the team's 24-17 loss to the Saints in Week 9. This week presents a promising opportunity for a breakout, with the Panthers allowing the second-highest PPR points per game to running backs this season. If Johnson can secure 10-14 touches, he has a chance for a productive day. However, Khalil Herbert (ankle) has participated fully in practice for two sessions and might be activated from the IR for Week 10. Given the uncertainty surrounding Johnson's role going forward, it might be wise to bench him this week.
Nov 8, 2023 1:33 PM EST
Chicago Bears rookie running back Roschon Johnson had a minimal role in the team's Week 9 24-17 loss against the Saints with just three total touches. The rookie running back rushed the ball twice for a mere six yards and caught one pass for nine yards. In the backfield, D'Onta Foreman took the lead, accounting for nearly all the carries by running backs with only three exceptions. Khalil Herbert (ankle) is eligible to return from Injured Reserve in Week 10. If Herbert does make a comeback, Johnson could potentially fall to third in the Bears' running-back hierarchy, significantly impacting his fantasy value. The Bears are slated to face the Panthers in Week 10, a team that has allowed the second-most points to running backs this season. If Herbert remains unavailable, Johnson could hold some fantasy value, but his reliability remains uncertain based on his Week 9 rushing distribution.
Nov 5, 2023 8:18 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson returned from his concussion in Week 8, managing 9 touches for a total of 31 yards. The Bears faced an early deficit in their 30-13 loss to the Chargers, which limited Johnson's opportunities in his return. This week, he is expected to receive more touches while sharing the backfield with D'Onta Foreman, as Khalil Herbert (ankle) remains on IR. However, the Saints present a tough matchup, as they allow the fourth-fewest points to running backs per game this season. The overall offensive potential of the Bears is diminished with Tyson Bagent starting in place of the injured Justin Fields (thumb), making Johnson a riskier option in a challenging matchup with an uncertain role.
Nov 3, 2023 1:21 PM EST
Chicago Bears running back Roschon Johnson returned to the field in Week 8 after a two-game absence due to a concussion. During the game, he carried the ball six times for a total of 21 yards and caught three passes for an additional 10 yards. Unfortunately, the game script was not in his favor, as the Bears were playing from behind for most of the game. Despite the absence of starter Khalil Herbert (ankle), Johnson's role didn't expand as much as expected, as the team appeared to ease him back into action. However, with Herbert likely to remain sidelined for an extended period, Johnson will continue to receive opportunities to make his mark in the backfield. Looking ahead to Week 9, Johnson faces a tough matchup against the Saints, who have been stingy against running backs this season. At present, Johnson's starting value is somewhat limited as he shares touches in a running back committee, but his role could evolve as the season progresses.
Oct 30, 2023 12:34 PM EST