How will the Chicago Bears running back depth chart play out?
Now that the NFL draft is over it is time to start looking to rookie camps, OTAs and training camp. The 90-man roster is now set so the time to speculate about who will be in what spot, and who may make the 53-man roster is here. In this series, we will go position by position to project the potential depth chart of the Bears come August. This edition will focus on running backs.
1. Jordan Howard
This is the easiest spot to predict. Howard was electric last season and has a chance to repeat with the potential of a healthier offensive line. No one on the depth chart will be competing with Howard and as of right now, he is the star of their offense.
2. Jeremy Langford
Langford may have lost his starting job last season, but let’s get real, he wasn’t really drafted to be a starter. He is in a better role now and will contribute in the versatile ways that he can. Langford is a back who can do a little bit everything and is good enough in pass protection and receiving to be a third down back. He has the best shot at being the backup.
3. Benny Cunningham
Cunningham was signed in the offseason, but that does not guarantee him a roster spot. Still, it does mean they see a role for him, and he will have a good chance to make the team. Cunningham is a good receiving back and can play next to either Langford and Howard. It gives them a veteran and one with more versatility.
4. Tarik Cohen
Cohen is a threat to make the roster at the least as a kick returning threat. He can also carve out a spot over Cunningham if he proves that he can make that sort of a jump in year one. It is too early to expect that, but given their investment, he has a good chance to make the team.
5. Ka’Deem Carey
This might be it for Ka’Deem Carey. He is a free agent next year, and given the investment the Bears put into the position this offseason, they are definitely thinking about life without Carey. Carey had 111 carries in three years with just two touchdowns, and he is very easy to move on from. He will have to prove something special at camp.
6. Josh Rounds
Rounds is a camp body. He was a senior but only saw legitimate carries in his last season. He has some fresh legs and deserves a shot to compete and learn the playbook.