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Bears need to sort through RB depth chart

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Bears need to sort through RB depth chart

If the Bears keep four running backs – something they’ve rarely done without one being a fullback – then some roster decisions won’t have to be made. But that may not be so easy, given possible needs to keep extra players at other positions as insurance against injury concerns.

Put another way: Could the Bears actually keep Ka’Deem Carey, Jeremy Langford and Jacquizz Rodgers as backups to Matt Forte?

Langford, the one roster lock after Forte, broke a long run, with a 34-yarder in the second quarter that included strong second effort to turn a play that appeared to be stuffed into the Bears’ longest play of the first half. Langford had the second-longest play of the Bears’ preseason when he popped a 46-yard run in the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Langford finished with 55 yards on nine carries and concludes the preseason as the Bears’ leading rusher with 153 yards on 28 carries, nearly 5.5 yards per rush.

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“I’ve been pleased with the young guy,” said coach John Fox. “I think it’s been well documented that we like him. We did draft him. I think he’s had a good camp and he had another good performance tonight.”

Carey, who came into this preseason facing an uphill run to make the roster, led all rushers with 68 yards on 12 carries (5.7 ypc). And he has occasionally appeared on special teams, a weakness in his game as a rookie.

Carey appears to have played his way into a strong discussion on who and how many backs to keep. Rodgers, with a modest 3.7-yard average in four seasons as an Atlanta Falcon, finished the preseason with 23 carries for a total of 86 yards – right at his career average.

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Unless they commit four of their 25 offensive roster spots to running backs, however, a decision could come down to Carey with an unknown upside vs. Rodgers with a workmanlike if unspectacular track record.

“I think Ka’Deem Carey ran it hard and ‘Quizz’ ran it hard,” Fox said. “It’s never a fun moment making decisions on what 53 to keep. I think all three of them ran the ball very effectively tonight, and throughout camp.”

Saints DE Cam Jordan really wants to hit Chase Daniel, but swears it's out of love

Saints DE Cam Jordan really wants to hit Chase Daniel, but swears it's out of love

All signs this week have pointed to Mitch Trubisky returning for the Bears’ Week 7 matchup against New Orleans, which should be exciting news for Chicago fans (right?).

Cam Jordan and the Saints defense, for their part, won’t be happy to see Mitch under center, but maaaaybe not for the reason you’d think. In an appearance on NFL Total Access this afternoon, Jordan was asked by Lindsay Rhodes what the difference between facing Trubisky and backup QB Chase Daniel is for New Orleans, and he laid out a pretty compelling case for preferring Daniel:

 

“I’ve been meaning to hit Chase ever since I got to the league,” Jordan said. “I’ve already hit Mitch.”

Jordan was quick to clarify that he “love[s] Chase” from his days sharing a locker room with him in New Orleans early in each of their careers. Daniel backed up Drew Brees from 2010-2012, overlapping with Jordan’s rookie and sophomore seasons (2011-2012). 

“He brought so much juice to our locker room when he was here,” Jordan continued. “I can’t wait for a chance to hit him. That’s how I show love to my friends.”

Daniel took the rib in stride, tweeting out a light-hearted response to the clip of Jordan a few hours later:


Jordan responded to that by saying he has "nothing but admiration" for Daniel and implored him to be the Brett Favre to his Michael Strahan. (Favre, you'll remember, famously crumpled in a heap at the feet of Strahan in Week 17 of the 2001 season, with Strahan needing only one sack to break the single-season record. That record of 22.5 sacks still stands to this day.) Chicago fans would certainly sign on for Daniel granting Jordan's wish, in the event of a blowout Bears victory.  

Whether it’s Trubisky or Daniel leading the Bears’ huddles on Sunday, though, the Saints defense will prove a formidable matchup, and Jordan is a big reason why. The four-time Pro Bowler has already racked up five sacks (tied for eighth in the NFL) and nine quarterback hits six games into the season.

Optimistically, the hope is Jordan never gets the chance to set his sights on any Bears quarterback this Sunday. Unrealistic? Definitely. But one can dream.

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Alvin Kamara officially out for Week 7 game at Bears

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Alvin Kamara officially out for Week 7 game at Bears

The Bears are getting good news on their injury report, but the Saints definitely are not.

While it sounds like Mitchell Trubisky will return for the Bears, the Saints will be missing both of their backfield starters for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

Quarterback Drew Brees was already known to miss the game, but now running back Alvin Kamara is officially listed as out with an ankle injury. Kamara had 11 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions for 35 yards in last week’s 13-6 win at Jacksonville, but won’t take on the Bears.

The 24-year-old has 373 rushing yards and 276 receiving yards this season.

Latavius Murray is expected to fill in for Kamara as the starter. Murray has the same 4.3 yards per carry average as Kamara so far this season.

Brees has been out since injuring his thumb in a Week 2 loss at the Rams. Teddy Bridgewater has gone 4-0 as the starting quarterback, but won’t have the threat of Kamara behind him on Sunday.

On top of that, starting tight end Jared Cook is also out with an ankle injury. Cook has 15 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns this season.

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