Senorise Perry was a longshot to make any team’s roster after not getting selected during the 2014 NFL Draft, but the former Louisville running back did just enough to persuade the Chicago Bears to offer him a contract after being invited to their rookie camp.
Unfortunately, the road only gets tougher for Perry once training camp gets underway in late July. The Bears already have five other running backs on their depth chart. Obviously, there is Pro Bowler Matt Forte. Behind Chicago’s feature back are veterans Michael Ford and Shaun Draughn. In addition, Senorise will have to contend with fellow rookies Ka’Deem Carey, the Bears’ fourth-round draft pick, and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch, who is an undrafted free agent who has converted from quarterback.
There is no way that Perry will dethrone Forte from the starting lineup, so we can eliminate that scenario from the equation. Besides, Perry was never a feature back at Louisville, and one reason for that was him suffering a torn ACL during his junior season.
As far as becoming the primary backup, more than likely that battle will be between Ford and Carey. That leaves Draughn and Lynch as Perry’s main competition for the No. 3 running back spot, and a place on the special teams’ unit.
It won’t even be a cakewalk for Perry to find a spot in the Bears’ third phase. Already, there’s Jordan Senn, Craig Steltz, Eric Weems, and numerous others who have made their mark on special teams in the league. The way things are looking, Perry will more than likely be using the preseason as an auditioning stage to showcase his talents to other teams. At best, Perry could find himself on Chicago’s practice squad in 2014.