Chicago Bears’ Shaun Draughn Clear-Cut Favorite to Back Up Matt Forte
In what Marc Trestman has deemed a two-horse race, one horse is clearly in the lead.
Offseason acquisition Shaun Draughn, who saw little to no playing time last year for the Baltimore Ravens, has taken clear control of the competition for second-string running back behind Matt Forte.
Draughn has been in competition throughout camp with rookie running back Ka’Deem Carey. Draughn looked very comfortable in the Chicago Bears‘ offense gaining 33 yards on three carries and also caught a couple of balls out of the backfield against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Draughn showed some agility in the open field and showed enough strength to shed tackles as well. Draughn didn’t see as much action in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but did manage one catch for 10 yards in limited action.
Carey, on the other hand, has been given every opportunity to win the job. He received a game-high 10 carries in Week 1, but only managed 23 yards to show for it. He followed up that performance with a game-high 13 carries for 36 yards in Week 2. Carey did find the end zone, but it was from a yard out and it took him two cracks at it to score. Carey did manage to break off a 15-yard run, but put that one carry aside for a minute; on his other 22 carries, Carey has only totaled 44 yards. He hasn’t done much in the passing game either, dropping the ball on his only target of the preseason.
The Bears clearly were hoping Carey would earn the second-string spot, but he continues to struggle and the choice has become rather obvious. Carey might have an opportunity to help the team in short-yardage situations, but anything other than that seems beyond the grasp of the rookie running back at this point.
Shaun Draughn is the better choice. Carey should earn a roster spot based on youth and potential, but don’t expect the rookie to see the field in any meaningful action this season.