Backup running backs shine in win

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    The battle for the Bears’ backup running back job intensified Thursday night with Shaun Draughn, Ka’Deem Carey and Senorise Perry all making an impact in a preseason win over the Jaguars.

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    Backup running backs shine in win

    Posted 3 hours ago
    By Larry Mayer
    The battle for the Bears’ backup running back job intensified Thursday night with Shaun Draughn, Ka’Deem Carey and Senorise Perry all making an impact in a preseason win over the Jaguars.

    The battle for the Bears’ backup running back job intensified Thursday night with Shaun Draughn[​IMG], Ka’Deem Carey and Senorise Perry[​IMG] all making an impact in a preseason win over the Jaguars.

    Draughn rushed for 33 yards on three carries, gaining 11 yards on each of his attempts. Carey produced the Bears’ longest run with a 15-yarder and scored a late touchdown on a 1-yard dive. And Perry had a 22-yard reception and scored the winning TD on a 5-yard run.

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    Rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey[​IMG] dives forward during Thursday night's preseason win.
    Draughn is the most experienced of the backs competing to for the No. 2 spot behind Matt Forte[​IMG], having appeared in 20 games the past three seasons with the Chiefs and Ravens. But even though he’s listed second on the depth chart, Draughn knows he isn’t a lock to earn the job.

    “No, not at all,” Draughn said. “We’re still working. We’ve still got two preseason games. Anything could happen. I stack practices and I try to stack the games the same way that I stack practices. Try to keep doing what I’m doing, stay in my playbook and know where to be.”

    Battling for a spot on the Bears’ 53-man roster is nothing new for Draughn, who entered the NFL in 2011 with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

    “I’ve never been the one slated to go in as a starter or a backup, especially being a free agent,” Draughn said. “Every year I’ve had to fight and crawl for a position on the team.”

    Injury bug: Rookie first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller[​IMG] exited Thursday night’s game after injuring his foot while covering the opening kickoff.

    “My ankle got caught in a weird position,” Fuller told reporters in the locker room after the game. “It was good news that the X-rays were negative. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

    Tight end Zach Miller[​IMG], who caught two touchdown passes in last Friday night’s preseason opener against the Eagles, exited Thursday night’s contest with a foot injury in the second quarter.

    Asked about Fuller and Miller after the game, coach Marc Trestman said: “We’ll know a lot more tomorrow. They’re being checked out right now and we’ll see where they are tomorrow. I’ll have more definitive information for you at the press conference tomorrow.”

    Hold on tight: Three of the main candidates for the Bears’ punt and kickoff return jobs struggled to hang onto the ball Thursday night.

    Eric Weems[​IMG] lost a fumble on a kickoff return that led to a Jaguars touchdown, Micheal Spurlock[​IMG] fumbled a punt return out of bounds and Michael Ford[​IMG] dropped a kickoff in the end zone before scooping it up and returning it 19 yards.

    “We certainly didn’t see much in the return game,” Trestman said. “We had the turnover, but more than that we haven’t seen anything in the return game. It’s pretty much been a catch and a stop. So we’ve got to look into that as well.”

    Chris Williams[​IMG], who is also in the hunt for the punt and kickoff return jobs, sat out Thursday night’s game with a hamstring injury.

    “He’s day-to-day, but we’re encouraged,” Trestman said. “I think we’ll see that when we get back to work next week that hopefully he’ll be ready, but it’s still day-to-day.”

    Sitting out: In addition to Williams, other Bears who did not suit up Thursday night were receiver Marquess Wilson[​IMG], safeties Craig Steltz[​IMG] and Chris Conte[​IMG], cornerback Isaiah Frey[​IMG], offensive linemen Eben Britton[​IMG], Brian de la Puente[​IMG] and Jordan Mills[​IMG], tight end Dante Rosario[​IMG] and defensive end Willie Young[​IMG].​
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    If that's called shining we need more polish and a big old buffer. The running game was marginally acceptable at best. The subs had 82 yards on 20 carries and except for 4 or 5 of them they were stonewalled. Blocking needs to get better.

    Draughn impresses me with is speed and I think they should let him return some kicks. When he gets some room he's got some jets and he doesn't waste time finding a seam either. When he sees some daylight he just tucks the ball and runs.

    Carey is a tough inside runner who always gets some yards even when the blocking sucks but his TD run was a perfect example of where his immediate value lies. There is no way Forte finds that little seam and buries himself under the tackles and get into the end zone. They'd have stood him up for no gain or a loss because the hole was tiny yet enough for Carey. That what he's good at.

    Perry is nothing special. He supposedly faster than Draughn but you wouldn't know it by watching him. I'm disappointed Lynch never saw the field tonight. Can't figure out how Perry rates ahead of him.

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    RUSHING
    RushingRushYdsAvgLongTDFumL
    Ka'Deem Carey13362.8151 
    Shaun Draughn33311.011  
    Senorise Perry4133.351 
    Jimmy Clausen1 0.0   
    Jordan Palmer1-1-1.0-1  
    Matt Forte4-2-0.51  
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    I wanted to see Lynch also. We also Faled to see our rookie QB. I was hoping to get a better bead on them, but they might not be in serious consideration.
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    Ford is about to be cut along w/Weems.

    Even Carey struggled last night w/that OL, just goes to show that if the RB gets hit in the backfield chances are they're taking a loss. Only one that looked good was Draughan; who most people were upset we even signed. He looks like he has a nice burst and is really quick to get to the hole, he's like Carey w/more wheels(at least last night).

    Been really impressed w/Perry the last 2 weeks. Last week had some nice runs and some nice St's plays, and this week looked like he ran well. Give that kid a shot at return duties and see what happens, cannot be worse then Ford/Weems.
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    I'd like to think you are right, but I bet Weems stays
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    If Weems stays it better not be as a return guy, but as a ST defender, Ford isn't even that.
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    what is the deal with ford? I thought he did a ok job last year. Wondering why he is not getting reps for back up rb?
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    Ford did so well that he barely got any carries in the reg season when Bush was sucking balls.

    He's really not that good, I think a lot of it is his inability to block on passing downs.
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    Perry has been much more impressive than Lynch.
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    I wouldn't use the word impressive and Perry in the same sentence. He's nothing special.

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