Last summer, the Chicago Bears had a fierce battle going for their third string running back spot throughout training camp and the preseason. Ultimately, Armando Allen beat out Lorenzo Booker for the job. Oddly enough, the Bears find themselves in the same position this year and Allen could be in danger of getting cut.
The Bears signed undrafted rookie running back Michael Ford out of LSU and brought him to the rookie minicamp back in May. Throughout training camp the last couple of weeks, Ford has performed very well and is making some question why he went undrafted.
The former Tiger only rushed 71 times in his final season for a total of 392 yards and three touchdowns, but with that big 5.5 yards-per-carry average he was definitely a guy worth being in an NFL camp.
In fact, throughout his three year college career he averaged a healthy number of yards per carry each season, with last year actually being the lowest. In both his first two years, he put up 6.0 yards per carry — an undeniably good mark.
So far, the Bears have played two preseason games against the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers. Both games, Ford played well — really well. In his most recent performance against the Chargers, Ford did it all.
During a second half kickoff, Ford took the return all the way down inside the 10-yard line before being stopped short of a touchdown. The 5’9”, 210 pound back simply ran out of gas but showed some underrated speed and broke free from tackle on his way to one of the biggest plays of the game — a 100 yard return.
Ford got plenty of run as the primary back in the second half and boy did he run hard. He may have only wound up with 28 yards on 15 carries, but he displayed plenty of tenacity. Every single carry he took, Ford rant with authority. In a game where Allen sat out, Ford may have jumped ahead of him on the depth chart and could wind up getting himself a spot on the final roster because of his stellar special teams play.
Bears fans have loved watching this kid in camp so far and he looks to be a diamond in the rough. Not many times do you find a guy who never hit the 1,000 yard mark in college looking to make an NFL roster. Well, there’s a first time for everything and Ford is giving this opportunity everything he’s got.