Expectations For Matt Forte

It won’t be long until we will be up to our ears in speculation on how Matt Forte will perform in the NFL as the primary running back for the Chicago Bears.  I thought it would be nice to look back for a moment at some of his college highlights.  The good news is he displays a couple qualities that are critical to be successful in the NFL. 

The first few clips you can see he is good at turning the corner and changing speed and the rest of the video he shows that he can run between the tackles.  It doesn’t get brought up much, but there is also an element that makes the job of evaluating talent difficult for scouts.  They must be able to anticipate how a player running a college offense will handle the offensive playbook of the professional level.  I was most pleased to see Forte ran out of a traditional offense with tight end sets or behind a fullback and ran up the middle of the defense.  If he shows those skills in the NFL he has a good chance to be very productive.

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  • ASharain

    I think Forte will surprise alot of people this year.  He is a true 3 down back and very elusive in the open field.  He is also a excellent reciever and if Lovie leaves him in the game on 3rd downs he also has the ability to be the 2nd best reciever on the team.  When Benson was drafted a few years ago all he did was talk about how good he is, Forte is showing it by playing.  Even though the line is pretty bad and our recievers dont scare anyone I think Forte will notch 1000 yards and 7-9 TD’s.  I also traded away Brandon Marshall (stud wr) in my dynasty league for Forte.  Do me proud!!!!!