What is the best case scenario, and the worst for Ka’Deem Carey in 2017?
As we get ready for the 2017 Bears season, it is a good time to look at the ceiling and floor of every player currently on the Bears roster. Of course, career ending injury is the absolute floor, but we will try to keep it to an on the field scenario. Also, this is the most reasonable ceiling to be set, Mitchell Trubisky is not going to be Super Bowl MVP, MVP and Rookie of the Year this season. With that all said, this edition will look at running back Ka’Deem Carey.
The signing of Benny Cunningham and drafting of Tarik Cohen have Carey on high alert. He shows up in great shape, excels out of the gate as a pass blocker, and starts tearing up the defense on the ground in the preseason. After one game, they decide to get him some more work. In the next game, he gets more results. Three games into the preseason and it is apparent the team cannot get rid of Carey. He wins himself a roster spot and eventually takes over as the backup to Howard. Late in the season, Howard gets hurt for a game and Carey puts up 100 yards and a touchdown. This offseason the Bears extend Carey as the known power back behind Jordan Howard moving forward.
The writing’s on the wall with the offseason additions. The Bears hardly give Carey a chance to see the field and are focusing on adjusting Cohen to the NFL and seeing if they want to hold onto Jeremy Langford. Carey hardly sees the field in any of the preseason action, and rumors swirl that they will trade him for anything. Of course, teams know that Carey is soon to be cut, so he wastes his preseason as an end of the roster player who hardly sees the field. Carey gets cut and finds a home, but it does not last long and he spends his next summer as a free agent.