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Finding solid backup for Forte no easy task

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The problem Bears coaches have always had with developing a backup for do-everything running back Matt Forte is that it's difficult to take the multi-talented starter off the field and get quality snaps for the No. 2 guy.

Since Forte was drafted in the second round in 2008 the Bears have tried a variety of runners to find a suitable complement, including Kevin Jones, Adrian Peterson, Kahlil Bell, Garrett Wolfe, Chester Taylor, Marion Barber and Michael Bush.

Some were allegedly short-yardage specialists, others third-down types with pass-catching skills and/or change-of-pace runners.

But none proved to be a worthy complement for Forte. The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder from Tulane has been the Bears' most effective option running, catching, blocking and picking up short yardage.

While it's not a draft priority, the Bears are expected to add more competition for the backup spot. There are some interesting big-play threats who could be available in the later rounds because of concerns about their lack of size.

The only backups currently on the roster are Michael Ford, an undrafted rookie last year out of LSU, and recently signed journeyman Shaun Draughn.

The 5-foot-10, 216-pound Ford did not have a carry or a catch last season but played on special teams in 12 games. Draughn has rushed 63 times for 235 yards (3.7-yard average) in 20 games over three seasons. The 6-foot, 205-pound Draughn, who was also an undrafted free agent, has 24 career receptions for 158 yards (6.6-yard average) and has returned 25 kickoffs for 590 yards, a 23.6-yard average.

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