Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach John Fox are counting on running backs coach Stan Drayton to get the most out of Jeremy Langford and KaDeem Carey (fourth-round picks in 2015 and 2014, respectively). For Langford, that means running with a wider base and gaining more yards after contact. For Carey, that means building on his toughness and energy to become a more complete back. Expect both to be part of the committee approach Fox has favored throughout his career. It promises to be hell for fantasy football owners, but Fox wants to limit backs' workload and play the so-called hot hand. Jordan Howard adds a bruiser's skill set to the rotation, and Jacquizz Rodgers provides veteran leadership to a group of runners who must earn each snap.
Langford averaged 21.3 touches (17.0 carries) for 122 yards and 1.3 TD in the three games that Forte missed, while Carey saw 10.0 carries per game in that span. Langford finished as the #23 RB in standard formats with a significant role even when Forte was healthy enough to play. He only averaged 3.6 YPC and caught just 22 of the 42 targets that came his way. His NFL talent is a topic of hot debate this offseason, but no one can question the opportunity he has in Chicago.