Ryan Pace: Jeremy Langford, Ka’Deem Carey ‘ascending players’

When the Bears decided not to attempt to re-sign Matt Forte, it largely had to do with their confidence in young backups Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey.

“We like our younger backs. We see them as ascending players,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace told the media on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

When asked what he liked about Langford, last year’s fourth-round rookie, Pace said: “Just his steady progress. We still feel he’s an ascending player. I have a lot of confidence in his physical ability, his speed, his vision, his acceleration, and I feel he’s going to get a lot better going forward.”

Langford showed last season that he can do a lot of things really well. He’s not quite the same complete player that Forte was, but that could come with time. Pace likes the team’s ability to grow from within.

“The confidence we have in player development,” Pace noted as a primary reason to let Forte walk and go with Langford and Carey.

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