Chicago Bears Preseason: Five Things To Look For

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Backup Running Back

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Shaun Draughn is listed as the main backup behind Matt Forte, but I think that is only because of all the backs competing, he is the only one who actually has any career carries.

Michael Ford looks to be Draughn’s main competition for one of the backup jobs, but he has only gotten work in special teams in his career.

Ka’Deem Carey is the Bears’ fourth round pick this year, so he is probably a lock at one of the backup jobs. Senorise Perry and Jordan Lynch are bubble guys that have to make the most of whatever time they get to have a chance to make the team.

Carey will be given all the opportunity to win the main backup job. Draughn’s style is similar to Forte, being able catch and block as Forte does, so he may have an inside track on the other spot. He is on his fifth team since being undrafted in 2011, so he knows he has to make an impression quickly.

Ford is a patient runner who is great at finding the open hole, but it appears he has to show off his special teams ability again to make the team. Perry is a slashing runner with good speed, but that speed wasn’t enough for him to be an every-down player at Louisville.

Lynch finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting last year, but he was a quarterback at that time. He realized his only opportunity to make it in the NFL was as a runner, so he made the switch (unlike a certain high profile Heisman Trophy winner who shall remain nameless but came out of Florida).