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Special teams could tip No. 2 RB job to Jeremy Langford

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Special teams could tip No. 2 RB job to Jeremy Langford

Not that long ago the Bears made an annual dip into free agency for a veteran backup to running back Matt Forte. Now the search for Forte understudies appears to be settling into the draft.

For the second straight year the Bears used a fourth-round pick on a running back, selecting Jeremy Langford from Michigan State with the 106th-overall pick.

[MORE: Bears NFL Draft Profile: RB Jeremy Langford]

Last year it was Ka’Deem Carey out of Arizona. Carey got just 36 carries in his rookie season, had difficulty mastering the offense, according to sources, and now faces a very stiff battle for a roster spot. Carey did nothing on special teams last season while Langford was a proven contributor on special teams before taking over as Michigan State’s No. 1 tailback.

Langford, 6-1, 208 pounds, succeeded Le’Veon Bell as the Spartans’ featured back in 2013 and 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first year as a starter. He followed that with 1,522 yards and 22 touchdowns last season.

He and Bell became and still are friends. Langford made a specific point of studying how Bell did what he did.

“When he left, I watched his previous games,” Langford said. “I learned a lot. How he ran the ball, his patience…that’s what he does a good job of, not being worried about people’s criticism of him being a big back and being too patient. He runs the same way all the time; he’s very patient.”

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Notably in the roster competition he’ll have with Carey, Langford, who played some wide receiver and cornerback early in his time at East Lansing, lettered on special teams as a freshman and sophomore.

As he did from Bell, Langford will apprentice under one of the NFL’s elite backs in Forte, who is someone Langford already has done homework on.

“I watched Matt Forte a lot,” Langford said. “I feel like he does it all — catches the ball out of the backfield very well, blocks linebackers very well… . I feel like he’s the whole package.”

Let's listen to the Bears-Patriots' wild finish in other languages, because it's way better that way

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Let's listen to the Bears-Patriots' wild finish in other languages, because it's way better that way

Remember Sunday's Bears-Patriots finish? The one where the Bears (and Kevin White -- shouts to Kevin White!) were one-yard away from tying the game on a hail mary? 

Here was the call that most viewers heard, which was Extremely Meh: 

Now here's the call that viewers in Germany and Portugal heard, which is SO MUCH BETTER: 

Turns out that being excited for an exciting play makes for good television, who woulda thought. 

Neat Tweets: The Bears were one yard away from a pretty neat finish

Neat Tweets: The Bears were one yard away from a pretty neat finish

The Bears and Patriots played a wild game yesterday, with the outcome literally coming down to the final seconds/yards. 

The Bears didn't get their intended result, and BearsTwitter let 'em know about it after the game. 

Here were the most neat tweets from Sunday's loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shoutout to broadcasts in other languages, they're legitimately always 100X more entertaining.