The Chicago Bears head into training camp with Matt Forte set as their starting running back with Ka’Deem Carey primed to be the key backup.
The Chicago Bears possess one of the elite running backs in the league in Matt Forte, and he is arguably the best all-around back with his running and receiving abilities making him a dangerous force to any opposing defense.
Forte has been consistent throughout his entire six-year career, rushing for 1,000 yards in four of them and coming close to the mark in the other two. The two-time Pro Bowler has also excelled in the pass-catching department, setting career highs in 2013 with 74 receptions and 594 yards.
Forte also set career highs in rushing with 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns. Durability has also been a strength of Forte’s, as he has only missed five games in his career.
Depth behind Forte looks secure with Ka’Deem Carey being selected in the fourth round of the draft. Carey may wind up being a steal after being a two-time All-American at University of Arizona. The All-American rushed for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns in his junior season at Arizona, and he had rushed for 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2012.
Michael Ford was expected to become the backup for the Bears before they selected Carey, but he will likely remain on special teams.
Former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, who was a Heisman finalist in 2013, will battle for a roster spot at running back as well. He used his legs often in college, making him a dual threat.
The Bears figure to have quality depth at running back while having one of the best at the position starting for them, and they have an offensive guru that can bring out the best in them in head coach Marc Trestman.