Last season it was all Matt Forte at the running back position. Michael Bush was virtually non-existent and Michael Ford just didn’t have the talent or experience to be a consistent performer. Rookie Ka’Deem Carey will help shoulder the load this year while the third spot is still very much up for grabs.
It was a career year for Forte who will look to have another repeat performance. He went to the Pro Bowl in his second season and set career-highs in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards. The Bears are in very good hands with one of the best all-around backs in the league.
Carey will be called upon to make sure Forte is fresh towards the end of the season without there being any drop off in the offense. Carey is a hard nosed back who has an affinity for getting the ball in the end zone no matter where he’s at on the field. He will need to improve his blocking and receiving as he gets comfortable in the NFL.
Ford will be a part of a very muddled kick return situation. He has some past experience doing it and succeeding in the role could allow him to stay on this roster. If he struggles on special teams then he could get beaten out by another player.
Shaun Draughn, Jordan Lynch and Senorise Perry
Lynch and Perry come in as undrafted rookies. Lynch was Heisman finalist as a quarterback last season while Perry is looking to recover from his second torn ACL. Both players are intriguing long term options but neither has the experience or overall talent to be a major contributor this year. They could both battle for the last running back position but it seems likely only one will stick with the practice squad. Draughn is all special teams and if he wants to make the roster then that’s where he will have to excel at.