Projected Chicago Bears' Final 53-Man Roster, Pre-Training Camp Edition (rb)

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    Running Backs (4)


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    1. Matt Forte
    2. Ka'Deem Carey (Rookie)
    3. Michael Ford
    4. Tony Fiammetta (Fullback)
    Matt Forte, Ka'Deem Carey and fullback Tony Fiammetta are likely the three locks at the running back position, which leaves a handful of players to fight for a final roster spot in 2014.
    Despite turning 29 later this year, Forte has shown no signs of slowing down, but the team did draft Carey in the fourth round to help reduce the heavy workload that Forte has endured over the past six seasons.
    With Forte and Carey in place, Michael Ford, Jordan Lynch, Senorise Perry and Shaun Draughn are set to compete at training camp for the third running back spot.
    Draughn is the only one of the four to have any NFL carries, rushing 63 times for 235 yards and two touchdowns in three NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens.
    Lynch and Perry are both undrafted free agents who will have to prove they can cut it on special teams and in pass protection.
    While they appear to be candidates for the practice squad, Draughn will face his toughest competition from second-year man Ford.
    He made the 53-man roster last season as an undrafted free agent, appearing in 12 games and finishing with three special teams tackles and five kickoff returns for 37 yards.
    Ford understands that it will be difficult to make this roster with the new influx of talent. He told Gavin Crowell of the Chicago Sun-Times, “Right now, my mindset is doing whatever it takes to stay with the team.”
    Even with the influx of talent at the position, Ford has a leg up because of his time spent with the Bears last season and his ability to contribute on special teams. He will look to claim the kickoff return job

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