Chicago Bears 2016 Position Preview: Running Back
Ka’Deem Carey – Despite being on the roster bubble during the 2015 preseason, Carey flashed some legit ability in his 2nd NFL season. Carey showed a surprisingly powerful burst through the line that allowed him to be an effective short-yardage runner. On the season Carey had 43 carries for 159 yards (3.7 YPC) and 3 touchdowns.
Carey was drafted by the old regime and doesn’t contribute much on special teams which put him on the roster bubble before last season, but his ability to run with power and break tackles should put him in the mix for the back-up running back position in 2016.
Senorise Perry – A lot of people (me included) thought Perry would have made the team over Carey last season had he not gotten hurt late in the preseason. The undrafted rookie was a surprise roster addition in 2014 and ended up being one of the Bears best special teams coverage guys. His ability to cover kicks and punts will keep him in the mix for a roster spot in 2016 and with 4.35 speed could contribute in the return game as well.
Jacquizz Rodgers – The Bears signed Rodgers to a veteran minimum one-year deal before last season and he was their primary backup at RB until getting hurt in week 5. He spent the rest of the season on the injured reserve and is currently a free agent.
Early in the season Rodgers was an effective change-of-pace back for the Bears with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and contribute on special teams. I could see the Bears bringing Rodgers back to be in the RB mix unless they end up drafting a back with one of their nine picks.