Forsey Running for his Football Life

Due to a beat up backfield, Brock Forsey had more touches in the Bears scrimmage against the Rams then any other player. However if Forsey isn't able to prove he can be a special teams contributor he could end up on the street.

The running game has been overhauled during the off-season. Thomas Jones will follow new lead blocker Bryan Johnson. Anthony Thomas is the backup and will give the Bears a powerful option off the bench. Rabih Abdullah is a good bet to earn a roster spot because he's a special teams ace.

Leaving Forsey and Adrian Peterson to compete for the fifth and final spot allocated to the backfield. The Bears are likely to carry just one fullback, so if either Forsey or Peterson can show they block that would be a plus. Ultimately the difference is going to be special teams play.

"At any of the backup positions it could come down to how good a special teams player they are. So that will play a big part in it just like other positions," Lovie Smith said.

Right now, the edge might go to Forsey for the simple fact that he's been healthy. He had nine touches (six rushes for 17 yards and three receptions for 27 yards) during the weekend scrimmage with the Rams because Jones, Thomas and Peterson all watched from the sidelines.

Peterson returned to practice on Sunday after missing time with a hamstring pull.

"As long as he can get back so he can play in the games -- he's now coming back a little bit -- he'll still have an opportunity to prove what he can do," Smith said.

Forsey and Peterson have a lot in common besides being sixth-round picks; they both lack breakaway speed on the NFL level, yet were able to post huge numbers in college.

Forsey, a former walk-on, finished his career at Boise State as the second-leading rusher in school history with 4,045 yards.

Peterson was a four-time consensus All-America pick at Georgia Southern (1998-2001). He college football's all-time leading rusher with 6,543 yards and set multiple NCAA I-AA records including rushing for 100 yards in 36 straight games and scoring 524 points.

As a rookie Forsey started two games with limited success. He finished third on the team in rushing with 191 yards and averaged 3.8 yards per attempt. His best game came against the Arizona Cardinals, in which he ran for 134 yards. While he was primarily used on special teams, Forsey failed to register a tackle on kick coverage.

Peterson came to training camp a year ago with a chance to compete with Anthony Thomas for the starting tailback role, but that never materialized. He had problems staying on the active roster because of a sprained ankle that eventually landed him on Injured Reserve. Still he tallied three special teams tackles in just six games.

Forsey only caught three balls last year, but is a more natural catcher out of the backfield then Peterson, who has four career receptions in two seasons.

Basically the spot will go to whoever performs better in the preseason.

"I need to go out and show them that I can continue to play well," Forsey said.

The first chance will come Thursday when the Bears travel to St. Louis to face the Rams.

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