Draughn Begins To Cement Job As #2 RB...................

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  1. soulman

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    Shaun Draughn Emerging As Chicago Bears Backup RB

    by Jordan Campbell 1d ago

    Veteran running back Shaun Draughn is quickly emerging as the backup to starting running back Matt Forte.

    When training camp started for the Chicago Bears, Draughn’s emergence was not in the plans.

    By this time in the Pre-Season, the Bears were hoping for Ka’Deem Carey to emerge as the backup to Forte. The Bears selected Carey in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Carey, who was a standout running back at the University of Arizona, fell in the draft due to his slow 40-yard dash time. Carey ran a 4.7 40 and that has raised questions over how successful the rookie running back can be in the NFL.

    Success is something that Carey has yet to achieve during the Pre-Season with the Bears.

    In the Bears first’ Pre-Season game, Carey rushed for 23 yards on 10 carries which only resulted in 2.3 yards per carry average. Against the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Thursday, Carey rushed for 36 yards on 13 carries and that resulted in 2.8 yards per carry average.

    Meanwhile, Draughn stood out against the Jaguars. Draughn rushed for 33 yards on 3 carries in the Bears victory on Thursday night.

    Draughn has had the considerable advantage over Carey this summer. Draughn has continuously worked with the second team offense while Carey works predominantly with the third team offense. At this point, Draughn has become the favorite to be the backup to Forte to start the season.

    If Draughn makes the roster, that could create an interesting roster situation for the Bears. Carey likely would not be cut because of the fact that he is a 4th round draft pick, meaning the Bears may be forced to cut ties with Michael Ford. Ford has shown promise as special teams player, but, it seems unlikely that the team would carry four running backs into the season.
     
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    Draughn has clearly been the best RB so far in the preseason games and the signing of KR/PR Darius Reynaud (also a RB) doesn't bode well for Michael Ford either. For the next two games I expect Ford and Reynaud to get some shots at KR while CWill and Reynaud will do PR. The best two out of three or even one out of three makes the team.

    He's right about Carey. His opportunities so far have come behind a 3rd string line so a comparison between him and Draughn isn't a completely fair one but just eyeballing them tells you they're two very different backs. So far I think Carey is doing exactly what's been expected. With a little better blocking some of those short runs will turn into longer ones and around the goaline he should also be valuable.

    Draughn is more a smaller version of Matt Forte.
     
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    This WOULD be a surprise as I really thought this signing was as camp fodder. However, let the best man win; if the guy earns it then he earns it and that's the way it HAS to be if you're going to have a winning team. Part of the problem in our past has been coaches overlooking production for reputation. I see much less of that these days.
     
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    One thing that i will say in favor of Carey. He did manage to get a short yardage TD in the previous preseason game. On that play, he was able to get low and use that leverage and strength to "push" his way in. It was nice to see, even if it was just preseason.
     
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    Good for Draughn. He looked amazing on Thurs.
     
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    One thing about these guys who've bounced around a bit is that they either "get it" and land in the right situation or never do and only hang on as deep backups because of their size or some other gift.

    Draughn has been around some so he knows what a team needs from a #2 RB and he brings that to the table. If Forte should get injured (knock on wood) then Draughn is the best guy we have to replace his overall skills as a runner, receiver and blocker.

    The won't cut Carey. Actually the fact that he's even averaging almost 3 ypc with nowhere to run isn't all that bad an I can't but thinking that on film the coaches will see that he's always moving forward and just one block away from springing a big run.
     
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    If you watched the Browns Monday night this came to the forefront with Johnny over rated. Shaw the 3rd string guy out played both QBs. But since he's a nobody compared to the other 2 will the team see what just happened and take honest hard look I know other teams will. Shaw's accuracy was way better along with his instincts looked much better than either of the 1st 2 qbs for the Brownies.
     
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    ESPN had an article saying that this qb competition is putting to much weight on Hoyer, and is not helping Johnny b/c he's just not ready to play.
     
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    But the run blocking of our third string isn't really all that much worse than our first string's? Forte hasn't been getting any big holes to run through either. You're right, a comparison isn't fair, but it may not be too far off. I likje how Carey runs and think he just needs some work and some time to develop. But the run blocking HAS to get better, first string through the backups.
     
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    You have to remember the level of competition facing the 1st and 3rd string also; and the first string is missing the starting and backup RT
     

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