Master Teague | Ohio State 5’11” 221 lbs. | 05/19/2000 (Age 21)
Master Teague was signed by the Chicago Bears as a UDFA.
Teague has fought hard throughout his career. Never pegged as someone who would excel at the next level, he proved the doubters wrong during his time at Ohio State. Served as a backup to J.K. Dobbins during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Accumulated 895 combined yards on the ground and five touchdowns, during the two seasons, on 152 attempts. Suffered a torn Achilles tendon, but managed to play in seven games in 2020. On 104 attempts, Teague produced 514 yards and eight touchdowns, serving as Trey Sermon’s backup but the primary short-yardage back for the Buckeyes. He put together one final injury-riddled season, where he played in just seven games once again. He only saw 67 attempts in 2021, but rushed for 5.3 yards per attempt and produced 355 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
Physical specimen. Fights hard for extra yardage, as he serves as a reliable back for short-yardage situations. Shows a great burst through the hole. Patient runner who displays quick feet and good vision. Can knock over defenders if they get in his way and has good leg drive, as he leans forward to earn extra yardage.
Limited production as a pass-catcher. Not a great pass-blocker. Lacks the ability to cut back sharply, and this may have to do with his history of lower-leg injuries. Suffered a torn Achilles tendon in 2020. Never a feature back, as he served as a backup to J.K. Dobbins, Trey Sermon, and TreVeyon Henderson throughout his career. One-speed type of runner who lacks explosive qualities.
At his Ohio State Pro Day, Teague measured in at 5’11” and 221 lbs. Which equates to a BMI of 30.8. He ran a modest 4.47 40-yard dash (72nd percentile), equating to a 105.4-speed score (81st percentile). Teague also displayed a 122.7 burst score (72nd percentile), an agility score of 11.24 (69th percentile), and a college dominator of 14.4 percent (16th).
Teague has elite strength for his position, as his 27 reps on bench press would’ve landed him tied for first at his position at the combine (with Hassan Haskins). He also showcases elite leaping ability, as his 131” broad jump would’ve also landed him first amongst running backs at the combine. His big red flag is his health, as he has suffered multiple serious injuries throughout his career.
Although the Bears drafted a running back in the sixth round of the 2022 draft in Trestan Ebner, they decided to also bring in Teague to compete for a roster spot. David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert are set to be the team’s one-two punch, but behind them on the depth chart is a bit murky. Teague has an opportunity to earn the RB3 spot with the team, and he’ll compete with Ebner and Darrynton Evans for that RB3 or RB4 spot. He’s a former teammate of Justin Fields, and he’s worth snagging in the last round of deep start-up dynasty leagues for now. If all else fails, you took a shot on a player who the team’s franchise quarterback likes and is familiar with.
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