Aug 8, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Ka’Deem Carey (25) carries with the ball during the second quarter of a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Running Back no.2: Ka’Deem Carey (R)
Standard: 221st Overall, 73rd Running Back
PPR: 226th Overall, 75th Running Back
The rookie running back out of Arizona is being rated very high here, and for good reason. The odds that he gets any legitimate playing time are about the same as Chris Conte winining Defensive Player of the Year for 2014. I mean, sure, there’s the off chance that Forte gets injured, but if you think a playoff contender will let a late-round pick get a lot of snaps at a position as vital to the Bears’ offense as running back, you’re wrong. If Forte does get hurt, expect a veteran to take some starter snaps, and expect there to be changes to these projections.
Carey can be good, but he won’t get the same luxuries as players who are in a running back committee, like ones seen in New Orleans and now New York will get. He won’t take third down snaps from Forte, and probably won’t get goal line carries like Michael Bush and Marion Barber did.
Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marcel Reese (45). Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports
Verdict: Too High
Carey might be good for a point a week. Maybe. I’d put him lower, definitely under Lattimore, who should steal some snaps from Frank Gore in San Francisco this season and Daniel Thomas, who might not need to worry about Knowshon Moreno in Miami. Basically, don’t draft a second Bears’ running back this season.