During the team's bye in Week 9, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo spoke to the media about several issues surrounding his team. The change from Rex Grossman to Brian Griese at quarterback, all the injuries on defense, the proverbial Super Bowl hangover – no stone was left unturned. Naturally, the team's inability to run the football has been a hot topic all season long.
Cedric Benson has been a colossal disappointment on every level his first year as the starter at tailback, yet Angelo refused to lay all the blame at the former first-rounder's feet.
"Cedric is performing to the best of his abilities," Angelo said on Oct. 31. "He's giving us top effort. That's all I could ask of any player."
Benson has received the lion's share of the blame for a rushing attack that ranks just 30th in the league at 78.8 yards per game after Sunday's 17-6 win at Oakland, but inconsistency at the quarterback position and poor blocking by the offensive line has also been on display most of the year.
"It's not one person, guys," Angelo said. "I would hate to think you're going to single out one person and say, 'Well, this is the reason why they can't run the ball.' It's a team sport. There are a lot of things involved in that."
All of that may very well be true, but that didn't stop Angelo from taking a look at a free agent running back for a private workout at Halas Hall on Thursday of last week.
RB Jonathan Evans
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Jonathan Evans, a third-year player out of Baylor, originally signed with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent in 2005. He was waived before training camp, but he signed with San Diego in January of 2006. The Chargers assigned him to the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, where he caight 10 passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in eight games. He was waived by San Diego before the start of the 2006 regular season. Evans then spent some time with Tennessee after signing with the Titans as a free agent in May of 2007.
At Baylor, he rushed for 89 yards on 35 carries and a TD and also caught 30 passes for 269 more yards and another TD. He began his careeer as a tight end before switching to fullback after his redshirt season in 2000. At Duncanville (TX) High School, Evans was first-team all-district and won a state championship in 1998.
At 6-1 and 245 pounds, Evans is best suited at fullback and has pretty good hands out of the backfield.
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