While it still remains a mystery whether or not the Bears re-sign Matt Forte at the end of this season, third-string running back Ka’Deem Carey is fighting to find a bigger role in the Bears offense moving forward.
If the Bears do not re-sign Forte, rookie Jeremy Langford will assume the role as the lead back in the Bears’ 2016 offense. But is Carey good enough to slide into Langford’s role as the complementary back? He’s certainly trying to make a case for it.
On Sunday, Carey scored two touchdowns in helping the Bears to a 26-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The little spark plug blasted in a one-yard touchdown run off right guard early in the second quarter to tie the game up at 7. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Carey caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the flat to give the Bears a 20-14 lead.
Carey, at 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, is relatively small in stature and is not the ideal short-yardage back, but he does run hard and hit the hole with aggression. Consistency has been the biggest challenge for him, but he has shown promise as a complementary back this season.