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Ex-Bear RB signs with packers amid injury problems

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The Green Bay Packers will be without the Pro Bowl for the next several weeks, who is pushing Aaron Jones back as he recovers from a sprain (MCL) in his right knee. After Jones dropped out, Green Bay brought in reinforcements and hired the former Chicago Bears, the Kerrith Whyte Jr.

Whyte was earlier in the seventh round for the Florida Atlantic Bears (# 222 overall) and worked for the Packers earlier this week, and they must have liked what they saw. Jones will miss 1-2 weeks, according to NFL insider Adam Scheter, so Whyte’s stay at Green Bay might be short-lived.

If Jones returns after missing two games, he is expected to return in week 14 when the Bears play the Packers in prime time.

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In his three seasons as a starter with Florida Atlantic, Whyte had 232 carries for 1,358 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He was also a dangerous return man, averaging over 26 yards per kick return. Whyte’s speed was appealing for the Bears when he ran a 40-yard run in 4.36 seconds on FAU’s Pro Day and they got him into the final lap in 2019.

The Bears put Whyte on their training team, but he didn’t stay there long. The Pittsburgh Steelers poached him in November 2019, and he played six games as a rookie, ending up with 24 rushes for 122 yards (that’s 5.1 yards per carry). He also returned 14 kicks, averaging 18.9 yards per return.

Whyte has played around a bit since joining the Steelers, spending the 2020 season on the Detroit Lions training team. He had a cup of coffee with the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars this year and last spent a few weeks on the Jags PS before being released on November 8th.

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The 2019 draft was also the one that brought RB David Montgomery to the Windy City. Chicago picked Montgomery in the third round of that year and moved up to catch him. With Tarik Cohen on the roster at the time, there wasn’t much room for Whyte, but it definitely worked for the Bears.

Montgomery has become one of the more underrated defenders in the league, landing a career high of 4.5 yards in the top 5 at Rushing Yards in 2020, scoring three TDs and just returning to action week 9. With eight games remaining on the schedule, Montgomery stands a chance of making his second 1,000-yard season if he can stay healthy.

The Bears also got a boost in the running game from Khalil Herbert, a rookie six-rounder who skillfully stepped in in Montgomery’s absence, storming 364 yards this season and scoring 85 hits this season.

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