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Monday, August 3, 2015, 9:26am
It’s refreshing to hear that Chicago Bears veteran tailback Matt Forte took time over the summer to train with rookie fourth-round pick Jeremy Langford; the player many believe could eventually replace Forte in Chicago’s starting lineup if the two-time Pro Bowler is unable to come to terms on a new contract after the season.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Langford said. “I had heard a lot of different things about veteran running backs. But Forte is a good guy and I think he never really thought about that aspect because he’s a hard worker so you’re not going to just push me off to the side because we’re all here to win. I feel like that’s the mindset we have right now, is we want to win and we need the whole team to do that.”
“We trained together and I showed him my routine and how I kind of do it, which is really smart of him to get behind and older, veteran guy and try to learn the routine of what he does in the offseason,” Forte said. “We worked out for a couple of weeks and he’s a down-to-earth, humble type of kid. All the running backs pretty much have that same kind of mentality too.”
Forte, 29, said he wanted to impart some wisdom on the rookie out of Michigan State. Forte is a good role model for Langford. In seven NFL seasons, Forte has missed only five games due to injury, despite carrying the football 1,817 times and catching 443 passes. Forte drops a bit this year with the loss of Marc Trestman, even in PPR leagues. Langford could have more of a role now that John Fox is running the show. Still, Forte is eighth on our list in both formats.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 8:16pm
Matt Forte was one of the top running backs last season as he finished with 1,846 total yards and 10 touchdowns. He was especially good in PPR formats, recording 102 catches. In standard scoring last season, Forte finished as a top five back. He's an exceptionally talented back in a fairly productive offense. He also doesn't have much competition on the depth chart, so he'll get the majority of the touches. Forte is also a guy who rarely gets injured. In his seven seasons he's only five games out of a possible 112.
Forte no longer has Marc Trestman running the plays in Chicago. Trestman was a huge reason why Forte had so many receptions. He's always been a talented receiver, but it's no coincidence his best two seasons as a receiving threat came under Trestman. The Bears back is also getting up there in age. He'll be 30 years old in December and has been a workhorse back since entering the league. He's averaged 322 touches in his seven seasons as a pro.
He may be getting older, but we still haven't seen a major decline from Forte. He was incredibly productive just a year ago. Losing Trestman hurts his PPR stock a bit, but overall he'll be fine. He should be viewed as a top 10 back this season.
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