Bears-Jaguars preview: Do the Bears have a capable backup running back?

August 14th, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, there was hardly anything solved in the crowded backfield depth chart.

Rookie Ka’Deem Carey got the most carries with 10, but gained just 23 yards on it. Shaun Draughn only had one rush for two yards but was also in pass protecting on passing downs. Last year’s third back, Michael Ford, had five carries for 15 yards and Senorise Perry had five attempts for 17 yards.

And then for those locals who were curious, former NIU standout Jordan Lynch had 7 rushing attempts for 24 yards.

If you’re just as confused about the depth chart behind starter Matt Forte as I am, you’re in good company.

The first responsibility of a running back in Marc Trestman‘s offense is to pass protect and keep opponents off Jay Cutler‘s back. Forte demonstrated why he’s one of the best blocking running backs in the league last week when he cut block a blitzing defender and took him out by the legs.

Is there a backup who can fill Forte’s shoes whom the Bears feel comfortable as Cutler’s personal protector? That remains to be seen, but obviously the team would like to see its rookie Carey fill that role.