When Bears running backs coach Michael Pitre watched Khalil Herbert’s college tape, what he saw was “a natural ball carrier.”
“(I saw) a guy that had a natural vision and just had a knack to break tackles,” Pitre said. “I think that’s the same thing you’re seeing from him right now.”
For the second straight week, Herbert stepped into a big role and played well. The 24-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday marked his first career start and it was the first time he had to be the featured back in an NFL offense.
He acquitted himself well, running for 97 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to go along with 2 receptions for 15 yards. Starting running back David Montgomery is out with a knee injury and backup Damien Williams went on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week. That left Herbert, a 2021 sixth-round draft pick, as the lead back.