There is no question Matt Forte is a very talented running back who is capable of doing great things on the gridiron. He dominated on the ground last season and even had success through the air. However, the Chicago Bears running back wants to be included more in the passing game in 2013.
“It’s a different way of actually kind of like running the ball,” Forte said, according to ChicagoBears.com. “After you catch it, you’ve got to run with it. So instead of handing it off you get the ball out in space and that just gives you more opportunity to make big plays.”
Since Forte is such a fantastic player who works best in the open field, it certainly makes sense that the Bears should figure out as many different ways as possible to get him the ball. The fact of the matter is he is the first player in NFL history to record at least 900 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards in his first four seasons for a reason.
“It’s not really a new role,” Forte told ChicagoBears.com. “It’s not like I haven’t done it before. I’m just excited about getting back to getting out of the backfield and running routes and catching balls and not only just running the ball and getting handoffs but getting the ball out in space.”
Considering Chicago needs all the help they can get on offense in order to be effective in the competitive NFC North, getting Forte as many touches as possible should be the No. 1 goal heading into the season. He is their dynamic player that must have the ball in his hands more times than not for the Bears to be victorious. Not to mention, his success will open up more opportunities for Jay Cutler to make plays.