ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright says he can envision a larger role for 2014 rookie RB Ka'Deem Carey in the coming season. Of course, Wright also seemed to contradict himself within the same mailbag answer. "I definitely envision Carey and Forte forming a duo similar to the Panthers' duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart," Wright wrote. Three sentences later, he added, "I don't envision Carey and Forte ever splitting carries equally." So, what's a Williams-Stewart type duo if it's not splitting carries evenly? Take this as a reminder to look more at actual reports from reporters rather than their mailbag predictions. We certainly expect some more work for Carey in 2015, only because he was nearly invisible as a rookie after disappointing in the summer. But it'll take a Matt Forte injury to turn Carey into a fantasy factor next season.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the battle for Chicago’s backup RB job is “getting away from” Ka’Deem Carey. He's competing with Jacquizz Rodgers, Jeremy Langford and Daniel Thomas for scraps behind Matt Forte. If you land Forte on draft day, don't bother grabbing any of his backups.
Ka'Deem Carey is listed as the #2 RB on the Bears' latest depth chart. The rookie ran behind RB Shaun Draughn for most of August but was always the favorite to win the backup job. Carey put up big numbers in college, but he disappointed at the Combine and averaged just 2.7 yards per carry in the preseason. We're not sure Carey would be a fantasy starter even if Matt Forte goes down this year.
The Bears selected RB Ka'Deem Carey in the 4th round of the draft. Chicago needed a RB behind Matt Forte after letting Michael Bush go earlier in the offseason. Carey isn't a flashy athlete but is a well-rounded, reliable back. He racked up 3,814 yards and 42 TDs on the ground, plus 62 catches for 476 yards and 2 TDs over the last 2 seasons. Carey should immediately step in as Chicago's #2 back but won't see more than a handful of touches per game as long as Forte is healthy this year. Note that Forte turns 29 in December, though, and is only signed through 2015. Carey could become the starter in 2016.
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