When training camp started for the Chicago Bears, Draughn’s emergence was not in the plans.
By this time in the Pre-Season, the Bears were hoping for Ka’Deem Carey to emerge as the backup to Forte. The Bears selected Carey in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Carey, who was a standout running back at the University of Arizona, fell in the draft due to his slow 40-yard dash time. Carey ran a 4.7 40 and that has raised questions over how successful the rookie running back can be in the NFL.
Success is something that Carey has yet to achieve during the Pre-Season with the Bears.
In the Bears first’ Pre-Season game, Carey rushed for 23 yards on 10 carries which only resulted in 2.3 yards per carry average. Against the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Thursday, Carey rushed for 36 yards on 13 carries and that resulted in 2.8 yards per carry average.
Meanwhile, Draughn stood out against the Jaguars. Draughn rushed for 33 yards on 3 carries in the Bears victory on Thursday night.
Draughn has had the considerable advantage over Carey this summer. Draughn has continuously worked with the second team offense while Carey works predominantly with the third team offense. At this point, Draughn has become the favorite to be the backup to Forte to start the season.
If Draughn makes the roster, that could create an interesting roster situation for the Bears. Carey likely would not be cut because of the fact that he is a 4th round draft pick, meaning the Bears may be forced to cut ties with Michael Ford. Ford has shown promise as special teams player, but, it seems unlikely that the team would carry four running backs into the season.