Matt Forte was nothing short of amazing last season. He was elected to his second Pro Bowl after rushing for over 1,300 yards and catching 74 balls.
Forte held strong all year. He played in every game despite being the team’s only real option at running back. He managed to stay healthy despite performing double duties as a runner and receiver.
Backup Michael Bush is not expected back with the team. His style just doesn’t fit into the team’s offense. Bush had a career-low in rushing attempts, yards, and yards per carry.
Michael Ford could be the next backup. He’s an undrafted free agent from last year. Ford put up solid numbers at LSU but didn’t play at all this season. He will get every opportunity to be the backup in 2014.
The Bears could use a more dynamic option behind Forte. Even though he played every game last year, history shows a running back’s seventh season in the league is one where a decline or break down can happen. The Bears can help themselves and Forte by prolonging this with a solid backup.
There’s no way the team spends an early pick on a running back. There are just too many holes on defense to draft a guy before the fifth round. There are still some quality options as the Bears have a pick in the fifth and two sixth round picks.
Here’s the list of the top 10 running backs in this year’s draft. Focus on the bottom third of the group. They could be playing for the Bears next season.