Breaking News Bar
updated: 4/28/2014 7:50 PM

Finding solid backup for Forte no easy task

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
 

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.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

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.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here