Ryan Nall's five-game tryout is over, but there's a good chance you haven't seen the last of him.
Nall, an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State, finished his preseason with another strong game, rushing for 79 yards on four attempts -- good for a gaudy 19.8 yards per rush average.
His best run of the night came with a little under two minutes to go in the first half. Nall took the handoff from QB Tyler Bray, bounced outside the numbers and took it 32 yards for a touchdown, extending the Bears' lead to 20:
Ryan Nall had 79 yards rushing on 4 carries and this 32 yard TD in the first half pic.twitter.com/Olt4Q0mPLK— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) August 31, 2018
The play capped off an eight play, 83-yard touchdown drive. It was a textbook example of the type of versatility that Nall prides himself on.
"My style of running is a little bit of physicality with a little bit of finesse as well," he said. "People underestimate my speed on the edge. I think that's where I have a lot of success. They think that I might run them over but I might hit them with a hesitation and go for the outside and then the next time I might run them over."
Nall also took snaps at fullback in the second half -- something he admitted was new to him.
"I've never played the true fullback position," he added. "In high school, in college, I've led block out of the two-back or split-back formations, but the fullback position is a newer position to me. Figuring out the technique, how to get under someone's pads and the technicalities of the position is definitely new to me but I am trying to pick it up as I go. The more versatile I can be the better I am."
With an already-full running back room -- Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and Benny Cunningham are obviously roster locks -- Nall's ability to play fullback is perhaps the extra edge he needs.
"The nice thing with Ryan is we want to test him out there and say he can do that, so it was a spot for us to see what he could do," head coach Ryan Nagy said. "And we had Knile back there to let him carry the ball, you saw what he was able to do, he's got a ways to go. He's still kind of young and learning the system. But we're glad we have him."
In total, Nall finished the preseason with 32 carries for 223 yards while averaging 7.6 yards per rush. The final 53-man roster is announced sometime on Saturday afternoon, and all Nall can do now is wait.
"[I'm going to] play a lot of video games, maybe go back to the film and look at some highlights and be like, 'I'm a good player, I'm a good player'", he said. "Just try to relax -- I've never been in this position before so I don't know what it's going to be like. I've heard from some vets about when you get the call, and it's not the most settling thing for your stomach, so I'm hoping that's not going to be the case. I plan on it not being the case and being optimistic."
"These next couple days I'm going to relax and try and get my body healthy. I'm going to continue to recuperate because it's been a long five weeks and hopefully there's 17, 18, 19, 20 more.